Use these questions with Simon J. Williams’ Winter 2011 Contexts Feature, “Our Hard Days’ Nights.”
1. It may be surprising to read that sociologists study sleep. How is sleep social, and what does sociology have to offer the study of sleep?
2. The author repeatedly refers to sleep as a “right.” Similarly, Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts the right to rest and leisure. How is sleep a right? What does this mean, and do you agree with this classification?
3. The article discusses Modafinil and other wakefulness-promoting drugs that are already being used by the military to combat drowsiness. Discuss the pros and cons of drugs like Modafinil.