Sleep and Stress Management in Enlightenment Literature and Poetry

Lawlor, Clark and Blackwood, Ashleigh (2020) Sleep and Stress Management in Enlightenment Literature and Poetry. Interface Focus, 10 (3). p. 20190089. ISSN 2042-8898

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Abstract

‘Sleep and Stress Management in Enlightenment Literature and Poetry’ argues that the stresses known to disrupt sleep were often associated with unhealthy lifestyles and pressures of fashionable people of the upper classes, with the lower orders thought to be less susceptible to broken sleep because of their healthier modes of living. Highly popular poems such as Dr Edward Baynard’s comical Health, A Poem (1719), and Dr John Armstrong’s The Art of Preserving Health: A Poem (1744) gave medical lifestyle advice in an entertaining literary form that sugared the pill of dull lifestyle recommendations and treatments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: poetry, sleep, sensibility, physician-poet, nerve theory, regimen
Subjects: C800 Psychology
W800 Imaginative Writing
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:20
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2020 15:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41972

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