Hundreds of residents of Kalachi, a small town near a former Soviet Union uranium mine in Kazakhstan, have been suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness that causes them to fall asleep for two to six days and wake up with significant memory loss. While the eerie sickness was first reported in 2010, cases have been emerging in droves since March 2013. Other symptoms include feeling dizzy, being unable to stand up and extreme fatigue. The Russian Times reports that eight children fell asleep within an hour during the first week of school, and several months later, 60 people were hit with the disease on the same day.

"He couldn’t sit, he couldn’t stand. I tried to put him on his feet, but he was falling"

To anyone having trouble falling asleep, here is my tip. Play this and this (maybe lower the sound of this one a bit if you need to) at the same time and let the mix lull you. The second link works with almost any relaxing songs, but I’ve used this one for years and it’s perfect :)

Failed Insomnia Treatments: One Man’s Journey

A catalogue of suggested remedies for insomnia, tested by Marc Philippe Eskenazi:


Sometimes my neighbors have loud parties, and this disturbs my sleep. My therapist suggested that maybe my problem had to do with the neighbors. I confronted them, but they thought that the problem was with my therapist. As a compromise, I bought earplugs and wore them to group therapy with my neighbors. I think we’re making progress. But I can’t really hear, so I’m not sure.

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