Slumbering Masses Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life

ISBN-10: 0816674744
ISBN-13: 9780816674749
Edition: 2012
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Americans spend billions of dollars every year on drugs, therapy, and other remedies trying to get a good night’s sleep. Anxieties about not getting enough sleep and the impact of sleeplessness on productivity, health, and happiness pervade medical opinion, the workplace, and popular culture. InThe Slumbering Masses, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer addresses the phenomenon of sleep and sleeplessness in the United States, tracing the influence of medicine and industrial capitalism on the sleeping habits of Americans from the nineteenth century to the present.Before the introduction of factory shift work, Americans enjoyed a range of sleeping practices, most commonly two nightly periods of rest supplemented by daytime naps. The new sleeping regimen—eight uninterrupted hours of sleep at night—led to the pathologization of other ways of sleeping. Arguing that the current model of sleep is rooted not in biology but in industrial capitalism’s relentless need for productivity,The Slumbering Massesexamines so-called Z-drugs that promote sleep, the use of both legal and illicit stimulants to combat sleepiness, and the contemporary politics of time. Wolf-Meyer concludes by exploring the extremes of sleep, from cases of perpetual sleeplessness and the use of the sleepwalking defense in criminal courts to military experiments with ultra-short periods of sleep.Drawing on untapped archival sources and long-term ethnographic research with people who both experience and treat sleep abnormalities, Wolf-Meyer analyzes and sharply critiques how sleep and its supposed disorders are understood and treated. By recognizing the variety and limits of sleep, he contends, we can establish more flexible expectations about sleep and, ultimately, subvert the damage of sleep pathology and industrial control on our lives.

Abbreviations
Preface: Sleep at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century
Introduction: From the Lone Sleeper to the Slumbering Masses
Sleeping, Past and Present
The Rise of American Sleep Medicine: Diagnosing and Misdiagnosing Sleep
The Protestant Origins of American Sleep
Sleeping and Not Sleeping in the Clinic: How Medicine Is Remaking Biology and Society
Cultures of Sleep
Desiring a Good Night's Sleep: Order and Disorder in Everyday Life
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: Children's Sleep and the Rise of the Solitary Sleeper
Pharmaceuticals and the Making of Modern Bodies and Rhythms
Early to Rise: Creating Well-Rested American Workers
Chemical Consciousness
Sleeping on the Job: From Siestas to Workplace Naps
Take Back Your Time: Activism and Overworked Americans
The Limits of Sleep
Unconscious Criminality: Sleepwalking Murders, Drowsy Driving, and the Vigilance of the Law
The Extremes of Sleep: War, Sports, and Science
Conclusion: The Futures of Sleep
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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