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Wild Nights

- How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

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How the modern world forgot how to sleep

Why is sleep so frustrating for so many people? While human history presents a vast diversity of sleeping styles, today we define a good night?s sleep very narrowly: eight hours in one straight shot, sealed off in private bedrooms, ch... Læs mere

How the modern world forgot how to sleep

Why is sleep so frustrating for so many people? While human history presents a vast diversity of sl... Læs mere

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9780465061952
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288
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07-03-2017
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How the modern world forgot how to sleep

Why is sleep so frustrating for so many people? While human history presents a vast diversity of sleeping styles, today we define a good night?s sleep very narrowly: eight hours in one straight shot, sealed off in private bedrooms, children apart from parents. The curious product of industrialization, electricity, medicine, and capitalism, this set of sleeping rules has existed for only a few centuries. Yet few seem to be able to live by them. For the world?s poor, ?modern? sleep is full of financial and physical risk; but even the well-off now require drugs and gadgets to regulate waking and sleeping. Taming sleep is big business, but it has come at an enormous cost to our well-being.

In Wild Nights, Benjamin Reiss draws on centuries of literary, medical, and scientific writings to show how ordinary lives were upended as sleep became modern. In so doing, he offers hope to weary readers: as sleep was transformed once before, so too can it change again today.
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"Humans have slept since the dawn of our species. And yet the way humans sleep across history has changed dramatically, most disastrously in our own modern era. For the last two centuries sleep, the industrialized West has reduced sleep to one narrow definition: hours of unbroken slumber, in a private chamber, alone or with at most one additional partner. And this artificial cultural definition is now spreading around the world. We've gained much from this sleeping revolution--privacy and security and independence--but along the way added a whole new host of problems: the explosion of sleep disorders, sleep anxieties, and life-style diseases connected to exhaustion and sleeplessness; the devastating rise in addiction to both sleeping pills and caffeine; the nightmarish nightly-battles faced by parents enforcing artificial 'bed times' for children. Our modern world may be founded on taming sleep; and yet our collective exhaustion reveals the extraordinary costs we've all paid"--

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