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.
  • For some people, the fear of sleep is linked to the fear of death. We hear from some of them. In the radio broadcast version of this act, Ira Glass also read from the poem "Aubade" by Philip Larkin. (5 minutes) DeathHealth Care/MedicinePoetry

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

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