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There is a stark contrast between our attitudes to sleep and those of the pre-industrial age. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar we are told to "Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber". There seems little chance of this today, as we crave more, work more and expect more, and, in the process, abandon sleep. Our occupation of the night is having unanticipated costs for both our physical and mental health, which, if continued, might condemn whole sectors of our society to a dismal future.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/nrn1670

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Rev Neurosci

Publication Date

05/2005

Volume

6

Pages

407 - 414

Keywords

NASA Discipline Space Human Factors, Non-NASA Center, Animals, Humans, Periodicity, Rest, Sleep, Sleep Wake Disorders