….Cressida Heyes is beginning a new health-related project: a book about sleep with Australian cultural studies scholar Dr. Meredith Jones. “A lot of people think there’s a crisis of sleep in our culture,” she says. “It’s amazing, that for an activity that takes up probably 30% of our lives, we don’t pay more attention to it.”
While medicine still has many questions to answer, there is even less scholarship that takes a philosophical or feminist perspective on the meaning of sleep. The book will include chapters on the role mothers are expected to play in managing their children’s sleep, and the philosophical question of what happens to the self while we are asleep, among other themes. Although the book will be scholarly, Heyes hopes that it will attract a popular audience — and be good bedtime reading.
“A lot of people think there’s a crisis of sleep in our culture. It’s amazing, that for an activity that takes up probably 30% of our lives, we don’t pay more attention to it.”
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