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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2005 May;6(5):407-14.

The rhythm of rest and excess.

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1
Department of Visual Neuroscience, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RF, UK. r.foster@imperial.ac.uk
2
Imperial Coll, London, UK

Abstract

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.

PMID:
15861183
DOI:
10.1038/nrn1670
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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