The three brothers who never sleep and other sleep disturbance cases
The invention of video polysomnography – the chance to record video images of patients sleeping in a laboratory lit with infra-red lights and synchronise these with polysomnography recordings – has led to rapid progress in sleep disturbance studies. Many atypical behaviours which can appear during sleep alone have been documented and classified over the last thirty years. Certain stories of these patients and the discovery of the parasomnia they suffered from have been collected into the book The Three Brothers who Never Sleep and Other Sleep Disturbance Cases.
In a narrative form, from the starting point of real life observations, the most frequent pathologies are outlined, such as insomnia, restless legs syndrome, pavor nocturnus, sleep walking, hypnic jerks during sleep and sleep paralysis but also rare conditions such as narcolepsis, REM sleep behaviour disturbances, nocturnal epilepsy, propriospinal myoclonus, sexsomnia, the fatal family insomnia story and legal cases such as violence or murder committed while asleep and cases of pharmaceutical intoxication which can conceal consciousness disturbances triggered by endogenous intoxication.