Insomnia, apnoea and paralysis: The terrifying sleep disorders plaguing Kiwis

It’s Sleep Week on Three’s The Project, meaning it’s time to talk all things shut-eye. Today we’re looking at sleep disorders and the havoc they can wreak on people’s lives.

Jamie Bowen is a comedian by day, and by night he struggles with chronic insomnia.

“If I’m not medicated I can get one or two hours,” he told Three’s The Project.

“I think my longest stretch was about three months. At that point you’re at the end of your tether. You’re kind of going through your little Fight Club moment.”

The protagonist of that film experiences such chronic insomnia that he ends up hallucinating [spoiler alert] an entirely different person.

“I think it started happening as a by-product of, or potentially the cause of, mental health,” Mr Bowen explains about his own situation.  more

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