Friday September 25, 2020

Sleep at any price

Getting people to sleep is now a $20 billion industry – but do any of the pills, potions and pillows really work?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
15th March, 2008

Getting people to sleep is now a $20 billion industry – but do any of the pills, potions and pillows really work?

Australian actor Heath Ledger knew the frustration of chronic sleep loss. Before his death earlier this year he spoke of his desperation as an insomniac. ‘‘Last week, I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted and my mind was still going,” he told the...

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