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p. 1038. Sleep and societylocked

  • Steven W. Lockley
  •  and Russell G. Foster


Society affects sleep and sleep affects society, influencing childhood learning and development, workplace safety and efficiency, and the economy. Society's attitude to sleep affects how much sleep we get, for example if hard work is glorified and sleeplessness lauded as a positive trait. ‘Sleep and society’ looks at the influence of society on sleep culture. Lack of sleep is a huge risk to safe driving. Why does society not take drowsy-driving more seriously? How does caffeine consumption affect sleep? In what way do school schedules affect sleep? Should we take naps during the workday to improve productivity? How can society support a more sleep-friendly lifestyle?

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