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Author Wolf-Meyer, Matthew J.

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

Imprint Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, c2012.


Description xvi, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series A quadrant book
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
Subject Lifestyles -- United States.
Sleepwalking -- United States.
Sleep disorders -- United States.
ISBN 9780816674749 (hc : alk. paper)
0816674744 (hc : alk. paper)

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