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J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Jun 15;5(3):280-1.

Sleep in Othello.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0804, USA. jdimsdale@UCSD.edu

Abstract

Some of our best descriptions of sleep disorders come from literature. While Shakespeare is well known for his references to insomnia and sleep walking, his works also demonstrate a keen awareness of many other sleep disorders. This paper examines sleep themes in Shakespeare's play Othello. The play indicates Shakespeare's astute eye for sleep deprivation, sexual parasomnias, and effects of stress and drugs on sleep.

PMID:
19960651
PMCID:
PMC2699175
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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