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Monday, September 18, 2006


Night after night for some 40 years, the US independent filmmaker, Alan Berliner, has battled with his sleep demons.
Recently, he made Wide Awake, a film investigating both insomnia in general, and his affliction in particular. In the film, we watch as night vision cameras capture his nightly torment.
Berliner has a theory that great clangers in history might be down to sleep deprivation. He says: "Former president Bill Clinton is quoted in the film as saying every major mistake he ever made in his life, he made while he was tired. Everyone is engaged in the dialogue of sleep one way or other. It is crucial in whether we function well or how we can cope in our jobs - in times of war, how generals who stay up, night after night, make mistakes."
Guardian Unlimited


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