"To sleep? perchance to dream! Ay, there's the rub."
— William Shakespeare Hamlet, III:1 (1601)
It's entirely possible that Shakespeare wrote these words while fighting a bout of insomnia. But even if they were written during the day it's obvious that, more than 400 years ago, the Bard understood the importance of getting a good night's sleep.
Scott Porterfield of Hilliard, Ohio, says he's occasionally had to spend the night in his wheelchair because he's found it impossible to get comfortable in bed.
Porterfield, who's 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, has Becker muscular dystrophy and enough muscle weakness to keep him nearly immobilized without mechanical aids. His shoulders are uneven, making the left one higher than the...