30 JANUARY 1926, Page 19


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

SIR,—I am very, much interested in the letter of your corres- pondent on this subject, also your. notes. For some months I have been suffering from acute insomnia. What is preventing me more than anything from recovering sleep is the constant necessity forced upon my mind to remember names of events and persons possibly forty and fifty years back. As soon as I succeed in recovering one name another takes its place. The alphabet trick I resort to scores of times in the twenty- 'four hours. You say "if that fails the best thing is to leave the whole subject alone for a time." That, I find, is an impossibility. My mind will not be diverted until that name is found. I shall be interested to know if anyone has ever had the same difficulty to contend with. I have tried everything I can think of but, so far, have met with no success.—! am, Sir, &c., Too ACTIVE MEMORY.