Sleep in early modern England / Sasha Handley.

  • Handley, Sasha
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About this work


"Drawing on diverse archival sources and material artifacts, Handley reveals that the way we sleep is as dependent on culture as it is on biological and environmental factors. After 1660 the accepted notion that sleepers lay at the mercy of natural forces and supernatural agents was challenged by new medical thinking about sleep's relationship to the nervous system. This breakthrough coincided with radical changes shaping everything from sleeping hours to bedchambers. Handley's illuminating work documents a major evolution in our conscious understanding of the unconscious"-- Provided by publisher.


New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]

Physical description

xii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


Sleep, Medicine and the Body -- Healthy Sleep and the Household -- Faithful Slumber -- Sleeping at Home -- Sleep and Sociability -- Sleep, Sensibility and Identity.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

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  • 9780300220391 (cloth : alkaline paper)
  • 0300220391 (cloth : alkaline paper)