We here at Talk About Sleep have recently learned of a very interesting study of sleep and sleep disorders being conducted by a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. Matthew Wolf-Meyer is a medical anthropologist and is interested in hearing about your personal experiences as a sleep disorder sufferer, as well as the experiences of your family members.
From what we understand, this is the first social study of sleep disorders and their impacts on the lives of patients and their families. This study could have positive consequences for school and work, so participating could be very important in helping change the social ramifications of sleep disorders.
The purpose of this study is to examine the ways in which ideas about everyday life in American society are shaped by and shape ideas about sleep. In other words, how do dominant ideas about proper times of sleep shape ideas about proper times for school, work, and family life? How do these ideas impact people with sleep disorders and their friends and loved ones? Are there better ways to organize work, school, and family life so as to minimize interference with the need for sleep?