Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2015

Abstract

The implications of sleep for morality are only starting to be explored.Extending the ethics literature, we contend that because bringingmorality to conscious attention requires effort, a lack of sleep leads tolow moral awareness. We test this prediction with three studies. Alaboratory study with a manipulation of sleep across 90 participantsjudging a scenario for moral content indicates that a lack of sleep leads tolow moral awareness. An archival study of Google Trends data across6 years highlights a national dip in Web searches for moral topics (butnot other topics) on the Monday after the Spring time change, whichtends to deprive people of sleep. Finally, a diary study of 127 participantsindicates that (within participants) nights with a lack of sleep areassociated with low moral awareness the next day. Together, these threestudies suggest that a lack of sleep leaves people less morally aware,with important implications for the recognition of morality in others.

Keywords

behavioural ethics, ethics, moral awareness, sleep

Discipline

Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Publication

Journal of Sleep Research

Volume

24

First Page

18

Last Page

188

ISSN

0962-1105

Identifier

10.1111/jsr.12231

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12231

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