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What’s Keeping Karen Russell Up at Night?

Do you find yourself struggling to get to sleep these days? Us too. Would it help to know that you’re not alone? Sleep Donation, a haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic that sweeps the nation, might be just the read for you. To celebrate the publication of this timely story, author Karen Russell shared a list of the things that could be keeping you from the land of Nod—plus one great tip for a better night of sleep . . . if you’ve got a time machine.


Things That Can Interfere with a Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Caring about anyone or anything
  2. Itchy sheets
  3. Inconsiderate ghosts
  4. Unopened bills
  5. The “Venti” option
  6. Rumination about insignificant mistake
  7. Babies
  8. Noise
  9. Silence
  10. Temperature
  11. Blue light
  12. Hellfire
  13. Cabbage sandwich
  14. True crime documentaries
  15. Satan’s piano lesson (or is it just the train again?)
  16. Urban coyote howling outside
  17. Or is that a man??
  18. Rumination about existential threats to democracy, planet
  19. Mirrors at night
  20. Apparitions in mirrors
  21. Apprehension of apparitions in mirrors
  22. Pennywise
  23. Memory of leftover cake in fridge
  24. Feet of toddler in one’s face
  25. Another adult sleeping peacefully beside you
  26. Resentment


Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

  1. Build a time machine with reclining seats and travel to a different year