Naps at work, second sleeps and shared bedrooms: How culture affects sleep:
-- You don't have to look too far afield to see there are some wildly different ideas of what's appropriate in the land of nod.
-- "If colleagues go away on a trip together, it would be normal for them to sleep on futons in the same room together and to bathe in onsen (hot spring) together, and this would all be part of fostering intimacy and closeness — a sort of bonding, which is a very different approach to sleep than we typically have in the West," she said.
far away from home; to or in places that are not near.
distant from home.
a Japanese mattress, often on a wooden frame, that can be used for sitting on or rolled out to make a bed.