Quote: “Sleep appears to be functioning as a luxury good”

DDoubleP with yet more evidence of the harsh toll that working class people endure simply by existing.

Punditocracy

There’s a young woman who works at a gas station where I often stop after clocking out, late at night, and in one respect she is a reminder that I’m lucky. A single mother working two jobs while going to school full-time, she’s very friendly and gracious — reminding me to enroll the kiddo in an after-school program, like the one she works for, before the late summer rush. Honest to everything I don’t know how she does it, but it being midnight and such the topic of sleep often comes up. She once told me that, like myself, she’s fortunate to get five hours of sleep between everything else.

According to Gallup polling from last year we’ve got plenty of company, as nearly half of Americans making less than $30,000 a year sleep less than six hours a night on average. Susannah Locke included this point and chart from a roundup…

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