Sleepyhead: Narcolepsy, Neuroscience and the Search for a Good Night by Henry Nicholls
(Profile Books, 2018)

Sleepyhead: Narcolepsy, Neuroscience and the Search for a Good Night

by Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls suffers from narcolepsy and cataplexy. This is his story, told with an unusual combination of penetrating intelligence, humour and gentleness, as a way into the hinterlands of sleep and sleep disorder. Through his story and those of his interview subjects (fellow narcoleptics, insomniacs, dreamers, neuroscientists and quacks) this book will be a tour of the half-lit world of sleep, sleep-disorder and the brain, seen from an autobiographical as well as scientific and cultural standpoint.

Reviews

A fascinating personal and scientific journey through the mysterious realm that we lose ourselves in for a third of our lives. Dr Nicholls is an amusing and perceptive host, on a trail from Dionysius to Dante, Dickens to Didgeridoos, as we discover just what our minds get up to when we're asleep.”
- Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made