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Insomnia. Stephen Magrath. CC0 1.0 Universal. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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This painting seeks to describe the experience of Insomnia, one of over 80 recognised Sleep Disorders. Here the insomniac's experience of closing their eyes is dominated by the fear of the dark closing in and overwhelming them. This intense anxiety causes an increase in neurological overstimulation associated with a feeling of perpetual sleeplessness and also an increased fear of sleep. Such a cycle of anxiety-related insomnia may be successfully treated with medication.


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