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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sleep as the Next Feminist Issue?

Women who enjoy catching a couple of extra zzzzzz’s will be happy to learn that they may be advancing women’s causes by doing so, as sleep has been classified as the next feminist issue.  According to TimesOnline:

Just as Virginia Woolf noted in A Room of One’s Own that one can’t “think well, write well, love well” if one has not “dined well”, so it would seem that women in particular can’t function well if they haven’t slept well. Two of America's leading feminist super-achievers are on a crusade to get us all to have a lie in, or at least to take a nap.

Arianna Huffington, the powerhouse publisher of The Huffington Post, and Cindi Leive, the equally indomitable publisher of Glamour, have joined forces to identify women’s sleep deprivation as “the next feminist issue”. They cite studies that indicate that women are more sleep-deprived than men, including one that says American women are getting 90 minutes less than the seven to eight hours recommended for someone to be well and perform well.

Read the rest here, and further commentary here and here.


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Lack of proper sleep patterns should be an issue for all people not just females. There is abudant research showing lack of proper sleep is the root cause of many of modern lifes mental problems. Everyone needs better sleep!

Posted by: David | Mar 20, 2010 8:23:59 AM

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