Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Sleep and sleeplessness in Germany: rethinking knowledge, experience, and agency

Vorhölter, Julia
Abteilung „Ethnologie, Politik und Governance“
Sleep research is booming. With the help of apps and sleep laboratories, sleep seems to have become measurable. New pharmaceuticals and medical technologies promise to give us control over sleep. But how do these new worlds of knowledge affect the experience of sleep, especially for those who yearn for good sleep but fail to achieve it? What is the relationship between subjectively experienced and objectively measured sleep? What happens to sleep at the interface of human and machine? The project draws attention to the dilemmas of sleep knowledge production.

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