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Sleep and Washing Machines

An obituary of the alarm clock

When will we be able to sleep well again?

“How was your day?” The question is easy to answer, since when we’re awake, we are aware of what’s going on around us. “How did you sleep?” This question is trickier.
In this book, Roenneberg focuses on sleep in all of its aspects, ranging from day-to-day living to questions related to evolution. Furthermore, this study doesn’t merely concentrate on sleep in itself, but encompasses the time we dedicate to it and the conditions under which sleep does or doesn’t occur. According to Roenneberg, the task of restoring the relative significance of sleep is a social and political responsibility.
And what about the reference to the washing machine in the title? Its development from invention through today presents some similarities to the evolution of organisms. The author uses this metaphor in his book and his lectures in order to help explain the evolution of sleep.

Fact: An English manuscript will be available!

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dtv Sachbuch
272 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-28178-2
22. März 2019
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