Dangerously Sleepy: Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness

Dangerously Sleepy: Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness

Alan Derickson


Workers within the usa are wasting sleep. within the worldwide economic system progressively more staff carry jobs—often multiple at once—with unpredictable hours. Even sooner than the increase of the twenty-four-hour office, the connection among sleep and used to be challenging: sleep is often solid as an enemy or a weak point, whereas consistent productiveness and adaptability are glorified on the fee of overall healthiness and safety.

Dangerously Sleepy is the 1st ebook to trace the longtime organization of overwork and sleep deprivation from the 19th century to the current. overall healthiness and exertions historian Alan Derickson charts the cultural and political forces at the back of the overvaluation—and masculinization—of wakefulness within the usa. because the 19th century, males in any respect degrees of society have toiled round the clock via necessity: metal staff coped with rotating shifts, Pullman porters grappled with ever-changing timetables and unrelenting on-call prestige, and long-haul truckers handled chaotic lifestyles at the street. however the risky realities of exhaustion have been minimized or even glamorized while the entrepreneurial force of public figures comparable to Thomas Edison and Donald Trump inspired American males to disclaim organic desire within the identify of good fortune. for employees, resisting sleep grew to become a problem of masculine strength.

This lucid heritage of the unsleeping paintings ethic means that for hundreds of thousands of yankee women and men, untenable paintings schedules were the most issue resulting in sleep loss, more moderen diseases equivalent to shift paintings sleep problem, and similar morbidity and mortality. Dangerously Sleepy areas those public illnesses in ancient context.

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