Insomnia: Background information when reading Black Moon

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Beyond the Book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Black Moon

by Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun X
Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

     Not Yet Rated
  • First Published:
    Mar 2014, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2015, 288 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Sarah Sacha Dollacker

Buy This Book

About this Book

Beyond the Book:
Insomnia

Print Review

Though Black Moon suggests an extreme scenario of a world without sleep, sleeplessness is a real problem in the United States. The World Health Organization defines insomnia as a "repeated difficulty with sleep initiation, maintenance, duration, and/or quality of sleep and results in daytime impairment." Insomnia is further categorized into three levels: Transient, lasting less than a week; Short-term, lasting 1-4 weeks; Chronic, lasting longer than a month. It is estimated that 50-70 million people suffer from a sleep-related disorder. Most of them are undiagnosed. Thirty to fifty percent of the general population suffers from either transient or short-term insomnia, while chronic insomnia appears in only 9-15% of the population. This last group is comprised mainly of women, older adults, and patients with chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

Insomnia is classified as either primary or secondary. Secondary insomnia is diagnosed when a specific cause can be identified such as drug use or a health condition like asthma. Insomnia is considered primary when nothing else in the person's life, such as medications or disabilities, can be found to be triggering the sleep problems.

Regardless of cause, the effects can be debilitating. In children, insomnia can cause learning disabilities, and adults can struggle with cognitive and memory problems. In one study, people with insomnia were four times more likely to suffer from depression. In another study, subjects kept awake for 24 hours and then tested for grammatical reasoning and hand-eye coordination scored the same as a person who was legally intoxicated. It is no surprise that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at least 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths are caused by fatigue every year.

Transient and short-term insomnia can often be cured through healthy sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time every night and making the bedroom dark. In some cases, sleeping pills may be prescribed. Treatment for chronic insomnia often includes identifying and treating any underlying medical or psychiatric problems. Sleeping pills can be prescribed and behavioral approaches - relaxation exercises or sleep restriction therapy - may be recommended.

This article was originally published in April 2014, and has been updated for the January 2015 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

This article is available to non-members for a limited time. You can also read these articles for free. For full access, become a member today.
Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Gateway to the Moon
    Gateway to the Moon
    by Mary Morris
    Miguel Torres is a teenager living in Entrada de la Luna, a poverty-stricken dot on the New Mexico ...
  • Book Jacket: New World, Inc.
    New World, Inc.
    by Simon Targett, John Butman
    When we think about the founding of America, we typically envision Pilgrims in black garb and boxy ...
  • Book Jacket: New World, Inc.
    New World, Inc.
    by Simon Targett, John Butman
    When we think about the founding of America, we typically envision Pilgrims in black garb and boxy ...
  • Book Jacket: The Ensemble
    The Ensemble
    by Aja Gabel
    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
Harbor of Spies by Robin Lloyd

A captivating thriller-at-sea set in Spanish colonial Havana in the 1860s.

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    Other People's Houses
    by Abbi Waxman

    A hilarious and poignant novel about four families and the affair that changes everything.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win The Comedown

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin

A blistering dark comedy that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

I Wouldn't T H W A T-F P

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.