This book critically evaluates the popular notion
that today's society is suffering from `sleep debt', or what Horne calls
`societal insomnia' - an apparent chronic loss of sleep, which can lead to
obesity and related physical and mental disorders including heart disease.
It presents evidence which suggests that
sleep debt has not in fact worsened to any marked extent over the last hundred
or so years, by looking back at some historical writings on sleeplessness and
integrating the findings with, evidence-based research that he has undertaken
over the last decade.
Written in a concise and
understandable way, and interwoven with real-world insights, the book will be
useful to academic and students of cognitive, critical and social psychology,
neuroscience and sociology, as well as anyone who is interested in the social
and psychological implications of sleep and sleeplessness.
Jim Horne is Emeritus Professor of Psychophysiology at Loughborough University, UK and is a sleep neuroscientist who set up and now runs the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre. He is also affiliated to the School of Psychology, at Leicester University's College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, UK, where he works on various cross-disciplinary neuroscience initiatives.
Chapter 1. Insomnia.- Chapter 2. Sleep Debt: Societal Insomnia?.- Chapter 3. Short Sleep, Mortality and Illness.- Chapter 4. Obesity.- Chapter 5. Childhood and Adolescence.- Chapter 6. When is Enough, Enough?.- Chapter 7. Illumination.- Chapter 8. Sleepiness.- Chapter 9. Extreme Sleepiness.- Chapter 10. Brainwork.- Chapter 11. Prolonger Wakefulness.- Chapter 12. Use it or Lose it.- Chapter 13. REM Sleep: 'Food for Thought'?.- Chapter 14. Conclusion.