01 May 2011

Insomnia and sleep specialist

& The Insomniac
A WEB guide, May 08, 2000.
A neuronic publication

INSOMNIA The reason why men tend to snore more and suffer more sleep disordered breathing (apnea) than women, may lie in their neck muscles, finds research in the current issue of the ....

Night Writer
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the first magazine to be published by night people for night people. Issues of interest to insomniacs, workers on the graveyard shift, and other night owls. 

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Insomnia and insomniacs contents

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Vincent Van Gogh

What's next
Next update scheduled April 1

Best Sleep Disorders Directory on the WEB
Open Directory Project

Insomnia in cyberspace
Internet Cafes Chats and Zines
Affirmative action
Sleep disorder
Sleep resources
Personal Home Pages
Hackers' Pages

Insomnia & insomniacs - the  WEB site for the sleep-challenged or the sleep-challengers.  A WEB guide, a personal guide, the resource for insomniacs.

Internet Cafes, Chats and Zines
  • Insomnia Zine - covering life in London from an alternative angle. Includes what's on listings, a London directory, pop culture, music, books, lifestyle, fashion and more. [Insomnia started out as a personal site and then got slightly out of control. January 1999 saw the start of a bit of a overhaul, a few more contributers and the search for a new home for the site. We found one, uploaded the site, and ah la peanut butter sandwiches... here it is. Insomnia's based in London, UK, which might explain the extensive London section, but the site includes plenty of content for people worldwide.]
  • The Insomnia Cafe
    "This is a resource for insomniacs. They can play games, go to my insomnia chat room and chat with insomniacs around the world, read about sleeptips, herbal remedies and techniques to fall asleep and link to some light reading. The site also has feature articles of the week, which will be updated. As well, the games and light reading sections will be updated weekly." - The Owner.
  • The Insomnia Cafe A resource for insomniac where thay can play games, go to an insomnia chat room, read sleep tips and link to some light reading.
  • Insomnia Cafe - UK based site for fans of the US comedy - Friends,   pictures, episode guides, quotes, a screensaver and more.
  • The Insomniacs Chat - having trouble sleeping? Why not chat with great folks who enjoy conversation in the wee hours?
  • Insomnia Bar/Cafe - Toronto cafe - late opening.
  • Insomniac South Cyber Cafe - catering to poets, artists & musicians. also has computers to cruise the internet [doesn't appear to be open - http://www.redondo.com/]
  • insomniacs-hotel - fun channel, whether you can't sleep or are just plain addicted. [closed?] Southern Ontario


  • Sligo Literary Agency - Publisher's in-house literary agency. 
  • Insomniac Graphics - commercial design, logos, typography, website design, illustration and fine art. Single pager
  • Insomniac Press - Canadian small press publisher of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction with an urban bent.
  • Insomniac Publishing - 244 Madison Avenue - Suite 292 - New York, NY 10016 Whether you are an experienced Web Netizen who wants to own a complex business site, or an Internet Novice who just wants a cool home page, we will guide you to your desired goal. Together we can..
  • Insomniac.com The insomniac.com mission is two-fold: 1 To provide a variety of design and webmaster services to outposts around the world. 2 To make it affordable, understandable and even fun to maintain a web site.
  • Insomnia - web site development.
  • planet insomnia - Japanese/English and English/Japanese translation and interpreter service.
  • Insomniac Productions - Company formed by Pete Brooks and Claire MacDonald after the demise of Impact Theatre Co-operative. Marking a change for the highly visual style that had characterised earlier work Insomniac have produced a number of scripted works, including a trilogy of plays co-authored by Brooks and MacDonald. Later Insomniac work has attracted a more mainstream audience with innovative productions of Buchner and Shakespeare and L'ascencore a popular and critical success based on Film noir with shifting sets viewed entirely through a set of lift doors. 
  • Insomniac... - Welcome to INSOMNIAC.. This page is dedicated to software development and anything else that is software related. The goal is to create a forum in which people can come and discuss Visual Basic, C++, C, 8086 Assembly Language, and Java.    There will be various updates and posts to this page. I will be placing sample program applets and code on the site weekly. Please feel free to submit your own code, so other people can learn from what you are doing. Single pager

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Catherine the Great

What is Insomnia & Insomniacs WEB guide?
Insomnia!  As this is the WEB and the WEB is populated with various sources of information, this page covers many different aspects of insomnia - not just the disorder insomnia.  Insomnia can be a deliberate lifestyle decision and nowadays many different vendors can be found to support this way of living.  For many though, insomnia is involuntary and for them parts of this page and the rest of the neuronic site may be useful.  This page is not comprehensive and does not provide every link that exists on the WEB.  It cannot, the resources to support that facility are not available and this isn't a search engine or portal. 

However, for convenience, the neuronic insomnia page does provide a search engine listing from AltaVista and Hotbot and the links have been checked (automated listing).  Sites of note will be reviewed.  There are also searches on sleeplessness.  There a fewer pages on sleeplessness (it's probably more difficult to type, so the chances of typos are higher) and these tend to focus on alternative health methods as opposed to the insomnia pages which break off into two extreme directions: medical and lifestyle.

A recent search, (May 08, 2000) on altavista revealed 81,245 (down from) 96,430 insomnia WEB pages and 956,885 (down from 1,128,314) sleep WEB pages. Instead, this page selects various links, that are either outstanding or representative. It does provide a weekly listing from the top search engines, and will monitor how those sites do. 

There is a classification of sleep disorders but this page also explains to newcomers what insomnia is all about, why there may be discrepancies between different health and medical sites and may even provide a little help with insomnia.

What is insomnia?  The Oxford English Dictionary (1998) defines insomnia as: "Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep."  It notes that the word originates in the 17th Century and come from the Latin insomnis which is sleep (somnis) negated (in).

The main usage suggests long-term, chronic sleeplessness. The secondary meaning does not have a temporal connotation but does imply an ability.  Both definitions highlight the behavioural aspects of sleep and sleeplessness (habit and ability).

Web browsers, scholars and cyber-drifters will notice that when they search for the word insomnia they will find numerous variations both of the definition of the word (scientific and medical ) insomnia and the way it is used.  This page will examine some of the different usages (social and lifestyle -vs- health and medical).

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William Shakespeare

Who suffers from insomnia? Who hasn't suffered from insomnia?  The word is used so imprecisely, and its meaning has changed over the decades, that it is difficult to say accurately how many people suffer from insomnia.

The OED definition of insomnia does not imply nocturnal sleeplessness, so anyone who cannot fall asleep at will during the day would according to the OED definition be suffering from insomnia?  This is probably not the normal usage but it highlights how the word is culturally loaded.  Nevertheless insomniac patients are surprisingly wakeful people even though they don't sleep well at night.

Nevertheless, a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) study reported that 27% of 26,000 primary care patient in 15 countries reported that they suffered from persistent insomnia (reported by Lynne Lamberg, JAMA, 20, 1647-1649, 1996).  It is claimed that insomnia is associated with both significant mortality and morbidity.  There are certainly strong associations: high economic costs, approximately $100 billion every years in the U.S.; increased mortality; poor sleepers are less likely to do well in their jobs, at school, and more prone to suffer from depression.  However, it is not clear whether poor sleep is causative or whether it reflects less ability to cope, both biologically and psychologically with life.

The cause of the insomnia may not be determined in as many as 30% of insomniacs.   The other 70% are either suffering from psychiatric disorders, movement disorders, respiratory disorders, painful conditions, or biological clock disorders as well conditioned insomnia.

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Insufficient Sleep Syndrome
Defined by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders as "a disorder that occurs in an individual who persistently fails to obtain sufficient nocturnal sleep required to support normally alert wakefulness"

Voluntary (lifestyle) insomniacs beware - read the above - reflect - and stay awake - during the day.

Entertainment complex




  • Insomniac's Bollywood - exploring Bollywood's variety of actors, actresses, upcoming movies, and top ten films, including pictures and a message board.
  • Insomnia Theater - entertainment for night owls, frappuccino zombies and the late night crowd stumbling around a darkened city in search of an alternative to info/mercials and 1-900-Phone sex ads.
  • Dream For An Insomniac [Yahoo synopsis] She can't sleep, which is more than you can say for us. Cloying romantic comedy with an occasional tremor of charm, set in a San Francisco coffee shop dedicated to Frank Sinatra, all of which sounds like a sitcom pilot. 
  • Insomnia [Yahoo synopsis] Sleepless in Scandinavia: Taut, intelligent psychological thriller about a crack detective on a murder case in the land of the midnight sun, who loses his footing on the slippery slope of corruption. With Stellan Skarsgard, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjorn Floberg, Gisken Armand. Written by Nikolai Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg. Directed by Skjoldbjaerg. In Norwegian with English subtitles. 

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Charlotte Bronte

Insomnia WEB pages
The variety of insomnia WEB pages shouldn't be too surprising.   The nature of the medium makes many cybersurfers nocturnal and sleep is sufficiently sensitive to make insomnia common.  You can take advice from many of these pages (and other sleep disorder pages) and it might be helpful.  There is very little formal sleep education so lots of people may have poor sleep habits or beliefs that are not conducive to sleep. 

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Benjamin Franklin

To sleep 
A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by,
One after one; the sound of rain and bees 
Murmuring; the fall or rivers, winds and seas, 
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky; 
I have thought of all by turns, and yet do lie, 
Sleepless! And soon the small birds' melodies 
Must hear, first uttered from my orchard trees; 
And the first cuckoo's melancholy cry. 
Even thus last night, and two nights more, I lay, 
And could not win thee, Sleep! By any stealth: 
Soon do not let me where tonight away: 
Without Thee what is all the morning's wealth? 
Come, blessed barrier between day and day, 
Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health! 

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William Wordsworth 1770-1850


  • Insomnia - hypertext graphical poem created in collaboration with Austin poet David Jewell.
  • Peace of Mind - a look at the elusive nutritional relation between alcohol abuse, low blood sugar, food allergies, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, hypoglycemia, hypertension, and anger.
  • Dauber, Dieter - EDS is useful for anxiety, mood swings, fears, stress, anger, rage, depression, poor memory, insomnia, chronic fatigue, head injury, ADD, PTSD, autism and paralysis. (Miracle cure-all site).
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  • Inshaig Park Hotel - on Seil Island, Easdale.


Affirmative action

  • Insomniac's Affirmative-Action - (Formerly Insomniac's Political Page) CA State and Federal affirmative action issues from a conservative point of view.


Personal Home Pages

  1. Insomniac's World of Useless Stuff - offers favorite poetry, humor, virtual journal, and pictures. 
  2. Gardner, Dane - Insomniac's Dream - Tori Amos, sport rock climbing, pyrotechnics, and my resume. 
  3. Webb, Scott - Insomniac Cafe [unavailable]
  4. Peel, Grant - Insomniacs-Hotel. [unavailable]
  5. Parsons, Chad - all Green Day and nothing else, lots of stuff on the best band in the world. [unavailable]
  6. Bradley, Joe - perfect for insomniacs or people who like reading the bizarre insights of curious characters.
  7. Tiongson, Timothy - Insomnia [unavailable]
  8. Shanley, David - Insomnia - info on this English band Insomnia. Download their profiles.
  9. Jeff, West - My web page will do wonders for insomnia! [unavailable]
  10. Richard, Bertin - InSomNiaK - My page... Life, the Universe, and Everything! Music, literature, poetry, you'll love it! 
  11. Grapeson, Nathan - Nategrapes - personal infoz & interests. [unavailable]

Hackers' Pages Insomniac, The - Hacking/Phreaking Links and Resources 

Sleep resources


Sleep Disorders Centres

Remember, if you decide that you want to remain awake longer than usual, the result will be tiredness, and irritability.  Monotonous pursuits such as highway driving can lead to involuntary sleep and accidents.  Memory and concentration lapses are common. 

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William Gladstone

Maybe our expectations change every century? At the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century Sir Edward Coke states:
"Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six, Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix"
But by the end of the 18th Century 

Sir William Jones says 
"Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven; Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven!"

Sleep disorder
  • Re: Am I insomniac? - Re: Am I insomniac? [ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Insomnia Forum ] [ FAQ ] Posted by Lori on October 02, 1998 at 21:04:31: In Reply to: Am I insomniac? posted by bunny on October 02, 1998 at 06:20:14: Bunny, I think it's safe to say that you...
  • Treatments (Sleepnet page)
  • Sunrise Center - sells electromagnetic pulse therapy devices to promote the healing of impotence and insomnia
  • Psychoactive Drugs - often helpful in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other psychological complications. (Body and AIDS information service - information).
  • Gomburg Brown & Co. - offers hypnotherapy certification courses & tapes dealing with relief from stress, weight loss, insomnia, smoking cessation, relief from pain & more.
  • Lemay, Alain and Micheline Allaire - music collection for musicotherapy, health, relaxation, meditation and spirituality effects. Spirit music for insomnia, burnout, self-healing and new age inspiration.   (Quantic new age music).
  • Trim Team - natural health products for weight loss, PMS, insomnia, and more. (Site temporarily unavailable - April 5 1999).
  • Psychology in Action - a program for overcomming insomnia and general sleep problems. New Zealand's answer to sleeping difficulties - video and audio cassettes and work-books.

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