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I left the world for seven years. Here’s a list of how it’s changed

What the hell is ‘humblebragging’? And how did we all becomes slaves of wifi?

Miranda Levy

Imagine you have been in a coma for seven years. You wake up and the first voice you hear is Alexa. The Christmas just gone, I started to “come round” after spending more than half a decade in a sleep-deprived fugue.

To say I had been depressed doesn’t cover it, really, although that was the diagnosis I was given by a series of doctors – and was the basis of my treatment. Here’s why.

In 2010, I received some upsetting personal news, which kicked off a period of severe insomnia. Initially caused by stress, this chronic sleeplessness took on a life of its own (and is the subject of an online column (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/Miranda-Levy/) I’m writing). I hung in there for a couple of years but, from 2012 onwards, there was pretty much a self-imposed media blackout alongside – I was absent, not present in the world...

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