But . . .
It was hard to read Ms Morrisroe's personal sleep struggles without passing judgment. I have sleep issues of my own and just resolved myself to the fact that I am wake-full at night and sleepy during the day. I stopped resisting this years ago because the fight was just making me miserable and in the end it didn't change a thing. A few hours of sleep here and there over the course of the night is normal for me, as is my eye color and height. I had to agree with this quote on page 156:
"Until very recently, most anthropologists avoided sleep as a research subject, leaving it to scientists to determine what 'normal' is."
And then on page 157:
"Matthew Wolf-Meyer, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, focused his dissertation on sleep and capitalism, and like McKenna, he believes that sleep science has left no room for variations. "The explosion of interest in sleep has led to more drug and mattress advertising, which leads people to think more about symptoms than about causes . . . "
Indeed, sleep is a tricky, personal, and emotional subject.