Sleep disorders in the public eye

It’s lovely getting feedback about Dreamrunner and it was fantastic to hear the reaction of Dr Carlos Schenck, a world authority on sleep disorders, who helpfully diagnosed the fictional Carlos for me and shared his expertise when I was wrapping up the final draft of the novel. When he’d finished reading Dreamrunner, he wrote:

‘You have truly written the “ultimate Parasomnia novel”. And it was a heartwarming story… you have certainly served the sleep medicine field very well, and in particular the area of Parasomnias, by raising vital awareness about this seemingly obscure – but in fact highly prevalent – set of sleep disorders that can wreak havoc on personal and family lives… I will be singing the praises of your novel.’

Often people only hear about sleep disorders when a horrific case of sleep violence comes to light, and there’s a tendency to think it’s something freakish that couldn’t happen to oneself. Sleep disorders often remain undiagnosed and so sufferers are inclined to fear that they’re losing their minds. Dr Schenck thinks it’s important to educate general physicians as well as the general public, so that such disorders can be diagnosed early on and treated before they erupt into violence.

To learn more about sleep disorders, check out Dr Schenck’s websites: and

7 Responses to “Sleep disorders in the public eye”

  1. Matthew, February 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I am a US undergraduate researcher in the area of sleep disorders and would like to know how I get a copy of Dreamrunner?

  2. Clare Jay, February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hello Matthew,
    sorry it took me a while to see and reply to this. You can get a copy of Dreamrunner in various online outlets for sure – try or any major book retailer like WH Smith. I hope it complements your sleep disorder research!

  3. Brett, June 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Clare, hello! Long time no… well, anything. I read your great article in Mslexia last issue and then saw this (link below) and thought you might be interested. Hope things are well with you. Delighted to hear you’ve another book out and will order directly. Meanwhile, this link (which is to a KickStart project called Oneironautics: a fieldguide to lucid dreaming, and I’ve tinyurled it cos it was stupidly long):


  4. Clare Jay, June 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hi Brett,
    Great to hear from you, you were one of my most talented creative writing students – how is your writing life?
    Thanks for the link, I just checked it out. Sounds like a good project. If you are interested in lucid dreaming, come to the IASD Psiberdreaming conference in September, it’s purely online and so very cheap to attend and the theme this year is… Lucid Dreaming! I’ll be there, talking about LDs and art/writing. Would be great to catch up again 🙂
    Keep writing.

  5. sleep disorder symptom, October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Hi, I love your blog site and I found your articles very informative. Thanks for sharing this topic on sleep disorders. I am really into this stuff and I will definitely share your site to my friends. Thanks again.

  6. Karmen, December 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I commend you on your film . My famliy is going through a battle right now over the last year with something going wrong with my son. It’s such a hard time , we trust in God for his strength. He takes his meds and gets mad at us for he doesn’t think there is anything wrong. Then he stops when he gets better. More info is needed to convince him it’s ok to take his meds. I am in the motion picture world and can help if you need some with your project. Good luck and God Bless

  7. Clare Johnson PhD (Clare Jay), December 3, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for your comment. Good luck with your son, and I wish you and your family strength and peace to get through this hard time.
    There are some great books out there about sleep disorders and the like (if this is related to your son’s battle). I can make some recommendations if you need any.
    Stay strong!

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