Essay on A Badge Of Honor?
“Our society seems to place a moral value on sleeping as little as possible… . Saying ‘I’m tired and I’m going to sleep’ is viewed as being lazy.” Sleep research Dr. Eve Van Cauter (Brody) provided this adequate description of how our high demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week world, is robbing substantial numbers of people of sleep. For many Americans “inadequate sleep is a workaholic’s badge of honor” (Brink). We proudly pin on our badge of sleep deprivation and polish it brightly for others to see our dedication and hard work. However, advancements in research are showing that Americans are shining their badges too much. America and the rest of the world are fostering this growing problem of sleep deprivation, and its impact is having profound health and economic implications. We need to realize the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and the crippling effects we encounter when we do not get that sleep. We also need to be aware of the preventative measures that can be taken to curb this growing epidemic, which has been described as “the most significant public heath problem in the United States today” (Moore).
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Before the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a “passive, dormant part of our daily lives” (Understanding 1). However, more recent studies have confirmed that “sleep is the most basic human need. One can go longer without food and water…than one can go without sleep” (Zammit 5). All animals need…