Sleep, law, and public policy

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Drowsiness and poor sleep health in individuals have population-wide health and safety impacts which societies often feel compelled to address as a matter of law and public policy. Governments, multinational organizations, and non-governmental regulatory bodies worldwide have adopted legal and policy interventions to address the impacts of drowsiness and poor sleep health in the individuals and populations they serve. This chapter introduces some examples of such interventions developed for the general motoring public, workers in safety-critical jobs or occupations requiring unusual work hours or extended duration duty, and adolescent pupils. Directions for future research and intervention are also discussed, such as a 'breathalyzer for drowsiness'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSleep, Health, and Society
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Aetiology to Public Health
EditorsFrancesco P. Cappuccio, Michelle A. Miller, Steven W. Lockley, Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780198778240
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Drowsiness
  • Intervention
  • Law
  • Population
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Public safety
  • Sleep health
  • Society

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