"Insomnia is like a bandit, waiting for the perfect moment to deprive you of sleep"
"Insomnia is like an execution after which the convict has to stay alive."
"Chronic insomnia is like a toxic relationship with an emotionally unavailable man - it sucks the life out of you."
"Insomnia is like the hysteric's physical symptom insofar as our thoughts can't get us out of it; they can only make it worse"
A link to an article about the social history of insomnia. Worth a look.
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