Nino Ricci reviews RM Vaughan’s Bright Eyed, on why insomnia is the banner affliction of our time, and gives a short history of sleep.
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The real threat to civilization as we know it, it turns out, isn’t melting ice caps or zombie pandemic but the disappearance of sleep. So argues writer and provocateur RM Vaughan in his extended essay Bright Eyed, making a compelling case for sleep as the inevitable casualty of our 24/7 culture and for insomnia as the banner affliction of our time, like neurasthenia for the late Victorians or leprosy for the early Christians. . . .