The following statements summarize the key theoretical starting points of the cultural approach to sleep developed in the project.
1. Sleeping and waking are entangled and co-constitutive states of human beings.
2. Society and economy sleep in us.
3. Sleeping is a habit, technique and skill enacted by a biological and cultural body.
We explore, among other things, sleep and knowing in organizations (Prof. Susan Meriläinen and Senior lecturer Pikka-Maaria Laine, University of Lapland), napping in creative work (PhD Pälvi Rantala, University of Lapland), sleeping in nature-based tourism (PhD Outi Rantala, University of Lapland), the role of sleep in slow tourism, including sleep experience in the Arctic (PhD candidate Tarja Salmela, University of Lapland), and social and hedonic aspects of sleeping in consumer culture (Prof. Anu Valtonen, University of Lapland). The associated partner project, “Release!”, investigates the relation between sleep and leadership in a military organization (Prof. Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, Finnish National Defence University).