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Christopher M. Barnes
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Christopher M. Barnes is an assistant professor of management in the Foster School of Business in the University of Washington. After working in the Fatigue Countermeasures branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Chris pursued his Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Michigan State University. Chris’s primary research interest is sleep as it relates to workplace antecedents and outcomes. His research on sleep has been published in top management and applied psychology outlets such as the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Applied Psychology. His research on sleep has also received coverage from many popular press outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, MSNBC News, and The Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @chris24barnes

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Lack of Sleep Harms Moral Awareness

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Most people think they are ethical. But ethical transgressions happen frequently. Researchers ask the question of why this occurs and pursue scientific inquiries designed to provide answers. One line of inquiry focuses on moral awareness. My colleague Scott Reynolds, a prolific ethics researcher here at the University of Washington,

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Should We Blame the Engineer for Falling Asleep at the Train Controls?

(265) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Preliminary indications are that the Metro-North train derailment was caused by the train operator falling asleep at the controls, and waking up too late to stop the speeding train from derailing. This is similar to other events in the transportation industry, including air traffic controllers sleeping...

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Sleep Well for a Safe Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Many people view sleep as a luxury rather than a necessity. Indeed, people are cutting sleep out of their lives at an alarming rate. Nearly 30 percent of Americans sleep less than six hours per night. Research indicates similarly low levels of sleep in Korea,

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Lack of Sleep and Stress -- a Vicious Cycle You Can Escape

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Sleep has important effects on health and well-being. Stress similarly has important effects on health and well-being. Thus, managing both sleep and stress is important in leaving a healthy, happy, productive life. Unfortunately, both sleep levels and stress levels have become problematic for many people in...

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Tired But Can't Fall Asleep? Good Sleep Hygiene Helps

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 11:39 AM

People juggle many demands in their life that can cut into their sleep; work, family, and even leisure are often the culprits. As a result, people often experience the accumulation of lost sleep known as sleep debt. Yet many people experience a paradox: They carry a huge sleep...

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Avoiding Temptation: Self-Control Requires a Good Night of Sleep

(8) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 11:29 AM

To quote an early 1990s song, temptation is a part of life. People are tempted to engage in actions that are bad for their health, such as eating a candy bar instead of a vegetable or sitting on the couch instead of exercising. People are tempted to engage in...

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