Irene Baron tells how after great stress, some people sleep with only one hemisphere of their brain. Occupations of high stress include military combat, fire fighting, law enforcement, and any work that puts your life in danger. Once these individuals grow accustomed to single hemispheric sleep, it is difficult for them to return to full-brain sleep. They may not even be aware of what is happening to them.
Only when a person feels totally safe, such as in their secure and safe bed at home, may their body allow both hemispheres to sleep. When the body does not return to full hemispheric sleep, there are many side effects, including PTSD, anger, anxiety, reduced memory, hormone imbalance, immune system disorders, and unintentional sleep at any time. The most severe causes suicide.
Baron is a former teacher, aerial photographer, and current pilot. She has done specialty work for the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA), Supreme Command Headquarters, Research & Development Center in Thailand for four years for Battelle Memorial Institute as an Information Specialist in Geology & Hydrology. She also authored the Operational Procedures Manual, Laboratory Material Division (all levels) for that ARPA facility.
Baron used the knowledge gained and experiences with the military, government, Battelle Memorial Institute, and as a veteran high school science teacher to create the geopolitical and psychological Mindreacher thriller series.