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Sleep: A Right, A Duty? Regulated by Law? Something to Medicalize?
Sleep, sleep, sleep. What do you know about both the physiologic but also the cultural aspects of sleep? To begin to learn about the “rights and duties of a sleeper”, go to the September 2008 issue of Virtual Mentor
and read the piece by Robert Meadows.
Do we all have the right to sleep? Where should we be allowed to sleep? Are we responsible for our behavior and actions while we are asleep? Should who is in our bed when we sleep be regulated by laws? What are our responsibilities to others to obtain a good night’s sleep and awaken refreshed and ready to work? Must we wear specific clothing when we sleep? Does sleep have to be medicalized: that is, if someone has trouble getting to sleep or not able to sleep some specified number of hours, that this represents a medical disorder and that it should be treated as a disease with medications as indicated?
Read the above article and return with your comments about the “rights and duties of a sleeper”. ..Maurice.