361: Fear of Sleep

361: Fear of Sleep

Aug 8, 2008
Mike Birbiglia got used to strange things happening to him when he slept—until something happened that almost killed him (Mike's story is now a feature film, Sleepwalk With Me). This and other reasons to fear sleep, including bedbugs, "The Shining," and mild-mannered husbands who turn into maniacs while asleep.
  • Host Ira Glass talks about his fear of sleep, and reports on other people who have very strong reasons of their own to fear bedtime. We also hear the sounds of troubled sleepers from a DVD put together by Doctors Carlos Schenck and Mark Mahowald of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Schenck's books include Sleep and Paradox Lost. (8 minutes) Health Care/Medicine

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Residents of this Brooklyn apartment warn against getting too close to their infested furniture.

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