Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion


Jeems's return from his dissociative state can be better understood through recent sleep discourse related to post-traumatic stress disorder. A 2012 study, for example correlates PTSD-related dissociation with double consciousness and somnambulism and argues that there is "a link between dissociative experiences and a labile sleep–wake cycle that is evident in a range of phenomena, including waking dreams, nightmares, and hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations" (166): 

"[W]e suggest that sleep disturbances play a potentially important role in accounting for dissociative symptoms and how they relate to highly aversive events. We will argue that there now exists a solid foundation of research to contend that dissociative symptoms are associated with a labile sleep–wake cycle in which dreamlike mentation invades the waking state, produces memory failures, and fuels dissociative experiences" (159). 

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