The slumbering masses : sleep, medicine, and modern American life / Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer.

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About this work


Analyzes and critiques how sleep and sleep disorders are understood and treated.


Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2012]

Physical description

xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-284) and index.


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