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Conflicting sleep demands: Parents and young people in UK households

Venn, S and Arber, S (2008) Conflicting sleep demands: Parents and young people in UK households In: Worlds of Sleep: Investigations into the Dormant Third of our Lives. Frank & Timme, Berlin, pp. 105-130. ISBN 3865961738

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In this chapter we show how the complexity of everyday household living arrangements influences how and when we sleep, and even where we sleep. Sleeping for members of a household containing teenagers and young adults is at best subject to occasional interruptions, and at worst, frequent and chaotic disruptions. However, whilst our focus is on interruptions to the suggested appropriate requirement of seven to eight hours’ sleep at night, we also demonstrate that for both parents and young people household noise and activity may sometimes have a positive effect on sleep, by affording a sense of security, comfort and reassurance. The aims of this chapter therefore are to examine how parents and young people interact with each others’ sleeping space and sleep time. First, by exploring the influence on parents’ sleep of having teenagers and young adults living in the home. Second, to look at sleep from the perspective of young people, by examining how parents, other household members and technologies, such as mobile phones, influence their sleep. Finally, the positive aspects of sleep interruption expressed by both parents and young people will be examined, as, for example, when entering each others’ sleeping space and time provides peace of mind and security, and can, in some instances, facilitate sleep.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Venn, S
Arber, S
Editors :
Brunt, L
Steger, B
Date : 2008
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:24
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:24

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