Anguish of Sleepless Nights; Insomnia Affects Up to 10pc of Australian Population
Byline: Candida Baker email@example.com
FOR Jeni Caffin, director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival, insomnia is nothing new.
"I've always been an insomniac," she said. "I've taught myself to survive on a few hours sleep a night. I can be cheerfully awake during sleeping hours, but unfortunately that means I would rather be asleep during waking hours."
Ms Caffin, whose insomnia is in full swing with the imminent arrival of the Writers Festival, has a bag full of insomnia tricks.
"Usually I just get up and do something, but if I'm really trying to go back to sleep I count sheep, think of all the terrible things I've ever said, remember the frocks I used to wear when I was a child," she laughs. "Nothing works very well to be honest, but it doesn't bother me too much."
However, Ms Caffin is in a minority. According to insomnia expert, US-based Professor Dan Buysse, most people find it an extremely debilitating condition.
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Publication information: Article title: Anguish of Sleepless Nights; Insomnia Affects Up to 10pc of Australian Population. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia). Publication date: August 1, 2009. Page number: 5. © 2009 APN Newspapers Pty Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.