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Gods of sleep

By Debra Dobbins


The headline of an ad today on page 5A made me resolve to hit the gym tonight but also reminded me of the god behind the word “hypnosis.” In Greek mythology Hypnos was the god of sleep.

His Roman counterpart was Somnus, and from his name comes the adjective “somnolent,” a synonym for “sleepy.” A word for the lack of sleep, “insomnia,” also comes from his name.

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