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Kat Duff

  • Sleep and waking states are like separate countries with a common border. We cross over twice daily, remembering one world and forgetting the other, inadvertently tracking invisible residues from one into the other.

  • ... caffeine [is] the second most traded commodity on earth next to oil.

  • ... our waking and sleeping lives require and inform each other, whether we like it or not.

  • One of the cruelties of insomnia is that the effort to escape ensures its failure because there's a part of our brains that keeps checking to see if we are accomplishing our aims, thereby keeping us awake.

  • Sleep carries us into and out of life, but in between, it seems to abandon us.

  • By nature subjective, ephemeral, and mercurial, dreams defy capture. Try to grab one whole from your sleep, like a fish from water, and it will squirm, flash, and stream through your fingers.

  • It has been said that there are two kinds of people: those that damn the world for interfering with their sleep and those who damn their bodies for needing sleep.

  • Much as we might want to domesticate our slumber, sleep is both wild and indigenous to this planet.

Kat Duff, U.S. writer

(1952)