O sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.
—Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Sleep is an experience so universal that it becomes notable only by its absence. When sleep is denied, most human beings share the sentiment of the Ancient Mariner (although usually under circumstances less harrowing). Who does not know the painful yearning of the fatigued mind and body for sleep? Who does not know the agony of being awakened from a sleep as yet unfinished or of having to stay awake when exhaustion demands sleep—an experience all too familiar to most physicians?
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
E. J. To Sleep, Perchance to Dream. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:155–158. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-1-155
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(1):155-158.
Pulmonary/Critical Care, Sleep Disorders.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only