Magazine article New Internationalist

The Secret Life of Sleep

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Secret Life of Sleep

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The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff(Oneworld ISBN 978 1 78074 416 2)

One third of western adults today feel they are not getting enough sleep and, according to a US study, more than 70 per cent of students are 'sleep deprived' - health impacts of which include obesity and depression.

What is going on? Kat Duff's exploration into this universal activity - or shortage of it - is both timely and highly original. She draws on many disciplines - science, anthropology, history, psychology, art, literature and economics - but also weaves in anecdotes from her own life and insights gained from her experience as a counsellor.

Many of what we assume to be universal and biological truths about sleep are in fact responses to the economic imperatives of industrialization, now spreading around the world through economic globalization. …

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