Most of us–certainly a very great many of us–have been there: struggling to fall asleep, struggling to stay asleep--tossing, turning, venting–as the bedside alarm clock moves relentlessly forward.
It is neither a pleasant nor a healthy experience.
And repercussions abound the next day–for your family, for your co-workers and–more likely than not–for the place where you work.
Zombies are not a particularly appealing–or productive–tribe.
Fortunately, there are a lot of people studying why those long, restless nights occur and what to do about them.
One of them is Dr. Ram Randhawa, a psychiatrist at the University of British Columbia’s Sleep Disorders Program, who delivered a paper on the use of medications for insomnia to the congress on Saturday.
I spoke by phone with Dr. Randhawa at his office at Vancouver General Hospital on Tuesday.Listen