Up All Night
March 11, 2013 11:41 PM Subscribe
The science of sleeplessness.
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"Wolf-Meyer refers to the practice of going to bed at around eleven o’clock at night and staying there until about seven in the morning as sleeping 'in a consolidated fashion.' Nowadays, adults are expected to sleep in this manner; anything else—sleeping during the day, sleeping in bursts, waking up in the middle of the night—is taken to be unsound, even deviant. This didn’t use to be the case."
Here is another interesting bit: "Perhaps the most provocative claim that Randall has to make about sleep is that we’d all be better off doing it alone. Research studies consistently find, he writes, that adults 'sleep better when given their own bed.' One such study monitored couples over a span of several nights. Half of these nights they spent in one bed and the other half in separate rooms. When the subjects woke, they tended to say that they’d slept better when they’d been together. In fact, on average they’d spent thirty minutes more a night in the deeper stages of sleep when they were apart."