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  • n  a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
    consciousness during wakefulness in a sane person is pretty well ordered and familiar
  • n  a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep
    accept your wakefulness and sleep in its own contrary way is more likely to come
  • n  the process of paying close and continuous attention
    wakefulness, watchfulness, and bellicosity make a good hunter

  • What does it take to make the wakefulness center fall asleep? Aristotle noted that a heavy meal leads to somnolence, went on to speculate that sleep is caused by vapors rising .
  • To combat wakefulness, Americans filled more than 50 million prescriptions in 2008 for sleeping pills like Ambien and spent more than $600 million on over-the-counter sleep-inducing .
  • Kleitman had much difficulty, his periods of wakefulness and sleepiness and his temperature cycle clinging to the 24-hour schedule.
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  • Yann Martel in The Charlatan
    Every person has a space next to where they sleep, whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table,Martel wrote in his first letter to Harper. "In that space, at night, a book can glow. And in those moments of docile wakefulness, when...

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