Quadrant Book

The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life
Matthew J Wolf-Meyer


Paperback | Oct 2016 | University of Minnesota Press | 9780816674756 | 312pp | 229x152mm | Forthcoming | RFB | AUD$29.99, NZD$34.99
Hardback | Nov 2012 | University of Minnesota Press | 9780816674749 | 312pp | 229x152mm | To order | RFB | AUD$46.95, NZD$67.99


 

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. 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.