|Author Nino Ricci will be a guest at the 2016|
Saskatchewan Festival of Words.
A decade ago, author Nino Ricci was diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
Called narcolepsy, the disorder is characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep while in relaxing surroundings. While dreaming, the brain shuts the body’s muscles down. One of the primary symptoms of narcolepsy is cataplexy, which is when the REM switch malfunctions to shut muscles down while awake.
“It just got me thinking about sleep and how little attention we pay to it and the more research I got into it, the more interesting subject it seemed and the more I discovered how crucial a thing it is to who we are, really, and to so many aspects of brain functioning and of human consciousness,” said Ricci.