Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.III.1 Mirth

Lily's late-night bridge playing is obligatory if she wants to remain in the good graces of her hostess, Judy Trenor. This chapter highlights the sleep deficit that Lily is accruing. Her poor decision-making and failure at cards are symptomatic of her impaired visual cognition, which causes “a marked decline in viewing-task performance [that] is proportional to individual vulnerability to sleep deprivation." See Motomura et al's neuroscientific study of sleep debt to further assess Lily's physiological precarity.

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