After a lifetime of sleepless nights, Lily Burana has finally found her nocturnal "promised land": Facebook. Here, the former stripper and author of I Love a Man in Uniform: A memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles gives a glimpse into her nocturnal online life:
"You know you’ve scaled the ranks of the sleepless elite when your editor notices the berserker late night time-stamps on your Facebook posts and asks you to contribute to a forum on insomnia. How flattering! How alarming! Isn’t it remarkable that, despite how isolated and alone we feel in our wakefulness, our numbers are so great we warrant our own special exploration? Fellow night owls, we have arrived. Three hoots for the weary.
"I come by my insomniac bona fides honestly. My earliest memory is of sleeplessness: I’m a toddler, still in the crib, hearing first the routine evening siren from the firehouse in our suburban town, then much later another blast, signaling danger. Awake and aching between both sirens, I rocked myself back and forth against the midnight blue lonelies."
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