chapter  7
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Sleep Science

WithChristopher Idzikowski, Irshaad O. Ebrahim

Apart from judges and juries lapsing into sleep, sleep may enter the courtroom in several other ways:

● “Sleepwalking” (involuntary behavior; most legal systems will accept lack of guilt if the defendant has no mens rea)

● Falling asleep inappropriately and causing harm ● Misperception, memory, and reality detection failures

caused by sleep/wake state change ● The effects of sleep deprivation on suggestibility, risk-

taking, moral judgments, and so on ● Being kept awake (a human right).