Wild Nights

Wild Nights

How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

Book - 2017
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Looks at the history of how the rules associated with sleep in the modern world came to into being, and how people continue to struggle to adapt themselves to these narrowly defined rules.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780465061952
Branch Call Number: 616.8498 R278
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 23, 2019

This book contains a few interesting thoughts and observations on sleep, and its regulation. The author's style is both rambling and repetitive. The book is 300 pages long, with the last 70 pages devoted to notes, bibliography, and index, and the 230 pages of actual content could have been cut down considerably and still retained the substance and essence. One particular thing I found bothersome was the author's tendency to include parenthetical comments in the middle of a sentence or paragraph that are only obliquely tangential to the point he is trying to make, as if he has a burning need to impress us with his erudition, giving this work an unsettling self-congratulatory tone. I finished roughly 100 pages before I quit for good. Ironically, the book is a pretty good remedy for insomnia.

Sep 08, 2017

I no longer feel bad about my insomnia, for I discovered that I am in good company. Millions, famous and unknown, contemporary and historical, have suffered from disrupted sleep. Reiss explains that our sleep norms were created -- mostly to fit society into the rhythms of an industrial society -- and these norms are evolving as our world becomes increasingly wired. I would recommend this book, but I thought it was overwritten in places. For example, how often does he need to say that our practice of separating children into separate rooms to sleep is not the way most people, globally and historically, have slept? Overall, it was eye-opening.


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