Morality of sleep:
Many studies have been made into sleep from an evolutionary or scientific point of view and also from a social and artistic but very little from a moral. Responding to the imperative for sleep is seen as an individual choice with implications for that human being in isolation from the rest of the community. This is a mistake as very few people live in such isolation that their behaviour does not impact on others, just as driving whilst drunk is rightly censured perhaps it is time to consider sanctions on those who perform dangerous tasks whilst sleepy. A great deal is made today about conspicuous insomnia like it's something to be proud of. Advertisements on the television and posters on buses or trains urge us into doing more work however tired and/or ill (the two are often linked) we might be. This means the tube can be full of annoying workaholics with aspirant cocaine habits dispensing arse gravy about how they've struggled to work despite not sleeping for three days and having a dose of Lassa fever. Kind though it is of these people to share their germs and opinions around they might be better off just taking a bit of a kip and leaving more room for the rest of us. To make it more personal compare if you will two great moralists of our age Yogi Bear and Margaret Thatcher: Who would you rather spend time with or share the journey to work with?
Sleep gets a bad press in other ways too. Drivers cause accidents by being found asleep at the wheel yet it is not the fault of sleep, it is the absence of sleep that is dangerous. As Shakespeare's Caesar said "Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights: Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much:" Such men are dangerous. It is not that they think too much. They think too much too earnestly without proper rest which allows time for decent consideration and reflection of all the issues involved. As the ancient Celtic proverb goes "dozy spies leave briefcases in Portuguese restaurants off the South Lambeth Road". So we have a moral obligation to our fellow citizens to sleep enough and if we don't can this karmic debt be repaid? We at F&M along with the great Buddhist thinkers and Catholic Church of the Middle Ages (who had a corner on the selling of indulgencies) believe it can. So in this life you can have your sleep and sleep it but don't make a habit of under sleeping and if you have problems nodding off consider these questions and pearls of wisdom.
Who would you rather spend time with Dill the Dog or the Cadbury's caramel bunny?
There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.
The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
Proof here that lack of sleep causes you to lose your morals.