An article on the CBS website reports that the "sleep assistance industry" is worth $32 billion per year.
A piece in the New Republic takes a dim view of CEOs and politicians who brag about being early risers. According to Ryan Kearney, self-congratulatory references to 4am starts are nothing more than acts of "sleep-shaming" that implicitly target those with less punishing sleep schedules.
Every new-born baby in Finland receives a present from the state -- a small cardboard box, containing clothes, mittens, a picture book, and various other useful items. The box itself is also useful: it's just the right size for babies to sleep in. When the BBC website reported on this Finnish tradition, in a piece entitled "Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes", the story became the first in the site's history to be shared over one million times.