Welcome the modern equivalent of the great Druid from the village of Indomitable Gauls. The maker of impossible potions. Because this one is modern, he injects them into your body via a syringe rather than making you drink it. But that is about the only difference.
Enjoy in this lovely piece of humor.
Story summary (spoiler).A man gets ultimatum from his wife: do something about your snoring, or we are parting ways!
There is an additional complication: the man is to inherit a small fortune bequeathed by an uncle five years down, but only on condition that he has never been divorced till the time he gets the money! Can you count the number of movies with some variant or other of this constraint? I know there are a lot in Hindi.
OK - so he approaches the druid - an uncle who is a professor of biochemistry, or something.
Uncle is aware of the will. He extracts a bit of money immediately, & a contract to a part of fortune that will eventually come. In return, he promises to do what he can.
A while later, the snorer is injected with a newly brewed drug by professor. But he is not told that he is the first guinea pig of the wonder drug. Result is magical. Snoring is completely cured. So is the sleep!
Our snorer will never need to sleep again.
Part of the following story is concerned with speculation of how you will use all your extra time if you never needed to sleep.
But another fatal problem is surfacing. Because our man doesn't sleep, he cannot spend much time in bedroom with his wife. He gets out about midnight, & keeps himself occupied with nightly adventures.
Wife is not amused. She would rather have her snorer back!
Another visit to professor. An antidote is delivered. Unfortunately, the professor dies soon after administering drug - in a lab accident.
And, of course, need-to-sleep problem is cured, without snoring, & far better than anyone had hoped for! Our snorer never need to be awake again! Becomes a Kumbhkaran, the demon who loved to sleep - even truer than the original.
No one is complaining, least of all the wife who gets to enjoy the fortune without being burdened with a man of extremes.
Fact sheet.Sleeping Beauty, short story, review
Author: Arthur C Clarke
First published: 1957
See also: Other Clarkian comedies.