Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.III.2 Mirth

A 2012 neurodiagnostic study found that sleep-deprivation is a leading cause of reckless and addictive behavior. It also claims that ongoing sleep debt leads to a string of negative presentations: "Fatigue, irritability, concentration difficulties, disorientation, changes in mood, visual hallucinations, and paranoid thoughts are some of the problems associated with sleep deprivation and directly affect a person's performance.” In this scene, Lily presents many of these symptoms, such as paranoia, fatigue and concentration difficulty. Lily’s economic anxieties match her mental paranoia and bodily fatigue, all of which combine to strain her financial calculations and complicate her social strategizing.

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