Hi everybody! I'm developing an anthropological research about insomnia in Copehagen.
You could help me to develop my research proposal, if you are interested in this topic, giving me some advise. It is a small work, which will last less than a mounth. The topic is really broad, so I chose to focus on the representation of insomnia in danish society: Is insomnia considered a problem of the mind or of the body? Which meaning it has for individuals who experience it, and what meaning acquires, once the sleeping disorder is healed, in a narrative story of the disease? Why people choose a particular therapy (e.g. pharmaceuticals, homeopaty, psychiatry, alternative medicine etc.)? Is the choice related to an act of identity or to an individual's hierarchy of power of the several therapies? How the point of view of the "healers"(from pharmaceutical company to pshychiatrist) differs from the point of view of the "patients", who have direct experience of the problem? In which way a sleeping disorder of the individual could affect a larger societal context?
This are few of the research questions that came to my mind, any advise is more than welcomed,
You suggest me to divide the research into smaller area, but this categorization of insomnia (e.g. Medical, Psychological, Environmental etc.) could be easily questioned, especially from the "patient"'s point of view. Actually, once an individual has experiences of insomnia, often do not know the cause, so that the therapy that he/she choose, influence the process of diagnosis and the individuation of the original cause of the sleeping disorder.I realise that not everyone knows the root cause of their condition but for those of us that do the added information can be quite interesting. The categorisations I offered are but a small sample. They work in my case I know they won't work in others, it is up to you to find the categories people fit into.
For this reasons, case of misdiagnosis of insomnia occurs very often, and sometimes individuals affected by insomnia could solve the problem with pills and drugs, but still have the feeling that the terapist did'nt find the true cause of the sleeping disorder.I fail to see how the problem could be solved if we don't know what the problem actually is. It can certainly be alleviated/masked, but solved?
That is not rare, and it is also my personal case.