You see, I don't really like to sleep all that much. There's just something about spending a good couple of hours unconscious that doesn't really interest me. Maybe it's the utter lack of anything to do or feel...Anyway, I digress; regardless of how little I like my sleep - especially, for obvious reasons, while I'm snoozing away - I still need it. I need a ludicrous amount of it, actually.
Enough people do this for someone to recognise that there's a problem - and so we are constantly told that sleep is good for us, that without sleep we die of exhaustion, that walking around sleepless is like walking around drunk...Hell, I've even heard about "junk sleep" before, because apparently sleep comes in grades like food now.
The first main flaw is that current advice treats sleep hygiene as the individual's personal responsibility. Now, most of you probably don't see anything wrong with that, and I don't blame you for not doing so: after all, we're bombarded with messages to take responsibility and assured that the alternative is being nannied around.
You wish. Sadly, that requires common sense and a willingness to overturn the status quo, both of which are lacking in our so-called pillars of society.