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Mon 11.05.12 | Sleep and Capitalism | Against the Grain: A Program about Politics, Society and Ideas: "Mon 11.05.12 | Sleep and Capitalism
Sleep is such an essential part of our lives. So it might come as a surprise to know that it has been radically changed over the last several hundred years.
Anthropologist Matthew Wolf-Meyer suggests that we look to the rise of industrial capitalism to understand why we sleep—or don't sleep—as we do. He discusses how a solid eight hours of sleep came to be the norm, the sedative industry, and the stimulants that keep tired workers producing during the daytime."
Matthew Wolf-Meyer, The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life U. of Minnesota Press, 2012
- FREE DOWNLOAD: Matthew Wolf-Meyer | University of California, Santa Cruz - Academia.edu: "Natural Hegemonies: Sleep and the Rhythms of American Capitalism"
- The Nature of Sleep | Matthew Wolf-Meyer - Academia.edu: "He went on to blame electric lighting for manyof the sleep problems in the United States --- including insomnia and advancedand delayed sleep phase disorders --- since it negatively affected biological impulses to sleep. Pym claimed that sleep disorders were “rare” in Nicaragua. He said most children there slept with their parents, who attended to their sleep problems as they happened, and so they did not develop into more acute patho-logical forms."
- UMP | University of Minnesota Press Blog: On the evolution of sleep: "... I’m no hardline social constructionist by any means, but I’m sometimes concerned that evolutionary approaches to sleep can be fairly reductive. And one of the dangers of being biologically – and naturally – reductive is that we can come to accept things like American capitalism as the natural outgrowth of a particular pattern of human behavior (which I write about extensively in The Slumbering Masses). Some kind of middle road between biology and society is necessary to really see how sleep is shaped by social demands and how it impacts our biological well-being."
(host is Sasha Lilley) ... since we're a country of sleep-deprived people... dependent on stimulants to get through the day and often pharmaceuticals to get through the night ... a solid eight-hour sleep is but a distant hope for many.
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and for kids that we really to think about more flexible school days ... we've accepted that adults need flexible work time but ... we really give kids a hard time in having early school days... and making them ... inflexible school days ... so if students could come to school later and stay later ... if some schools ... started later ... we need to think about more flexible institutions ... flexible workdays and school days to accomodate our need to sleep ... it is really clear that the only people who benefit from the medicalization of sleep disorders is the pharmaceutical industries ... and stimulant producers ... we just need to exert institutional pressure in order to get schools and workplaces to recognize that.