The myth of the eight-hour sleep

Funnily enough, this occurred to me last night. I ended up staying up for about 45 minutes reading before resuming sleep. I’d argue that it’s something that humans have been experiencing, much longer than when electricity was invented.

“Today, most people seem to have adapted quite well to the eight-hour sleep, but Ekirch believes many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body’s natural preference for segmented sleep as well as the ubiquity of artificial light. This could be the root of a condition called sleep maintenance insomnia, where people wake during the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, he suggests.”

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

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