From Lindsay Holmes’ article for The Huffington Post:

The 39-year-old New Jersey photographer, who has been dealing with the condition since he was 13, often operates on only a few hours of sleep every few days. As a teen, he used to frequently hope sleep would come just so he didn’t feel bored.

“It was a bit maddening trying to fill up all the hours,” Massaia told HuffPost. “My desire to sleep wasn’t to try and get rest, it was to simply help pass the time.”

Now Massaia resigns to the fact that the chronic sleep disorder is something he will always need to manage. And when rest eludes him, he puts that time to use through his artwork.

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