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From bed to worse

india Updated: Dec 30, 2008 23:12 IST
Hindustan Times

Have you ever felt that not being able to get a good night’s shut-eye is driving you insane? Now comes confirmation that this may be more than just a feeling, you could well be having paranoid delusions after being denied your forty winks.

Persecution is another side-effect of insomnia, says a study done by King’s College, UK. But trust the bard of Avon to have got it spot-on four centuries ago. In Macbeth, he writes, “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care/The death of each day’s life/…Great nature’s second course/Chief nourisher of life’s feast.” So now we have it, not notching up eight hours of zzztime at night will do you much worse than a rap on the knuckles from the boss for falling asleep during his fascinating PowerPoint presentation. It could drive you stark raving mad. And quite possibly you’ll begin to detect conspiracy theories about people trying to do you in. Now most of us have been brought up being told that it isn’t kosher to lounge about, that only the lazy will try and catch a snooze in the afternoon. Well, no longer.

The new mantra is early to bed and late to rise. So, feel free to hit the sack without fear of the sack. After all, what do people, especially employers, want? A mentally healthy person not given to delusional outbursts or someone who thinks he is the spitting image of Osama bin Laden and that the CIA is on his trail? And why are you looking at us like that? You’ll get nothing out of us.