Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion


This collection includes all notes related to sleep discipline, which refers to individual or social efforts to instill specific habits meant to improve sleep hygiene and/or sleep efficiency.

Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack is an early example of sleep discipline in the self-help strain: "How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep! forgetting that the sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be sleeping enough in the grave, as Poor Richard says. If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, the greatest prodigality, since, as he elsewhere tells us, lost time is?" (42). The other texts featured here represent turn-of-the-century treatises on the subject of sleep hygiene and efficiency.

Beard, George Miller.
American Nervousness (1881)

Call, Annie Payson. Power Through Repose (1900)

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard's Almanack (1732-58)

James, William. On Vital Reserves: The Energies of Men; The Gospel of Relaxation (1911)

Mitchell, Silas Weir. Fat and Blood: and How to Make Them (1877)

Preston, George Junkin. Hysteria and Certain Allied Conditions (1897)

Washington, Booker Taliaferro. Character Building and The Future of the American Negro (1902)
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