Sleep is getting more respect — as a way to increase productivity. We need a better mindset
A baby sleeps as the Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on June 28, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/TNS

Sleep is finally having its moment. I’m a sleep researcher and clinician, and it’s exhilarating to see broader recognition that sleep is important, yet I am often dismayed about the framing of why sleep is valuable. Messages equating sleep with laziness have long been woven into our cultural consciousness, with aphorisms such as “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” and “the early bird gets the worm” reflecting our fears that sleep is a hindrance to success and accomplishments. We find inspiration in legends of historical figures such as Leonardo da Vinci whose fantastic achievements supposedly required ...