Sleep in Context

  • Henriette van VugtEmail author
Part of the Philips Research Book Series book series (PRBS, volume 12)


Usually, the bed is where the day ends and a new day begins. During sleep, people are mostly unaware of the things that happen in the environment, and therefore psychologically, sleep separates one day from the next. For many, an “ideal” night of sleep consists of quickly falling asleep, sleeping through the night, and waking up refreshed and ready to face the day (e.g., Taylor et al., 2008). However, some nights are not that ideal. Not only people with clinical conditions or sleep disorders, but also healthy people might sometimes have difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep, and wake up too early or unrefreshed (e.g., NSF, 2008; Cuartero and Estivill, 2007; Bixler, 2009). Many people without chronic sleep complaints also sometimes feel the need to be assured that the upcoming night will be a refreshing one, without troubles. Therefore, this chapter focuses on the sleep of healthy individuals.


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