Sociology of Sleep Group

Sleep, ethics and social media

Sleep is a moral matter, from long-standing proverbs of the ‘early to bed early to rise …’ kind to contemporary ideas of ‘sleep enhancement’ and moralising regarding sleep medicines in lay and popular culture today.

Recent developments in digital and social media add further important dimensions and dynamics to these matters. These developments have the potential to transform how we ‘know’ good and bad sleep; may come to be embedded within new standards, responsibilities and ideals to become a better or more productive sleeper; and give rise to a future of work where sleep data becomes wrapped up within company health and wellbeing programmes. Our current research is interested in the ethical challenges and opportunities that these technologies embody and engender.