Why We’re Sleepless in America

Thanks to Amerisleep, we know why Tom Hanks’ character was “Sleepless in Seattle” – he had exploding head syndrome.

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Using Google’s Keyword Planner, Amerisleep, a manufacturer of memory foam mattresses, spent four years analyzing sleep-related questions on Google to find out what makes Americans throw up and turn over at night. For example, Californians worry about sleep paralysis, while New Yorkers want to turn off snoring. Useful if you are nervous about explosive forest fires or live in skyscrapers with thin silk walls.

And it makes sense that Kansans are nervous about nightmares (“I’ll get you my pretty one and your little dog too”). Such are the people of Nevada; Wondering how many out-of-towers Googled nightmares while visiting Las Vegas?

There are quite a few people in New England who have night sweats – not just menopausal or Tom Brady – besides the good people in Connecticut. They were looking for hypoxia, a frightening condition in which the tissues of the body do not get enough oxygen.

But what about the Wyoming cowboys who bark at their breath while they sleep? People with loud, unreal noises of head syndrome exploding should consider cutting back on caffeine.

And heaven knows what’s going on in Montana; The term most frequently looked up by the good people was bad breath or morning breath.

As for the Lone Star state, Texans want to know what their dreams mean. We don’t all.

Robert Calandra is an award-winning journalist and author who has written extensively on health and medicine. His work has been published in national and regional magazines and newspapers.