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Your Ancestors Didn't Sleep Like You


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, humans, sleep, Body-Mind-Spirit, interesting, study, society, environment, research )

Carrie
- 362 days ago - slumberwise.com
Ok, maybe your grandparents probably slept like you. And your great, great-grandparents. But once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Your ancestors slept in a way that modern sleepers would find bizarre - they slept twice.



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Natasha Salgado (518)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 10:02 am
Never gave it any thought---very interesting! Thanks Carrie
 

Laura T. (109)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 3:50 pm
I knew this as the human body is more made for 2short 4hr sleeps. the 8hr sleep pattern is actually harmful. most native americans know this
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 5:39 pm
Thanks.
 

AniMae Chi (399)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 7:49 pm
Did not know this, explains a lot for me.
 

GGmaSheila D. (154)
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:24 am
Many seniors, including my mother sleep in shifts like this. She's been doing this for years. In the past they also slept sitting up, something to do with the possibility of dying if sleeping prone. Noted and thanks.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:57 am
It explains a great deal to me.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:12 am
Very interesting but I think that I will stick to the straight seven hours a night, which usually lessen as you grow old...
 

zora b. (91)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:35 am
Really interesting, I like sleeping and I think it is really important for our health. They don't call it just like that "beauty sleep". Sometimes I sleep longer, and sometimes shorter but I must have at least 6 hours and they say a quick nap around 14.00 is also good for our health of course if we can due to our life schedule. Thank you Carrie for your interesting post. Love reading it. And did not fall asleep reading it:).
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday August 26, 2013, 3:57 am
Interesting article. Thank you.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:27 am
Cool
 

B Lewenza (76)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:27 am
noted. Thanks for sharing Carrie I do this two sleep pattern and have for a number of tears. I will sleep from 3-4 hours in late afternoon and 4 hours later back to sleep. I thought I was weird, but this explains a lot.
 

Mike M. (55)
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:29 am
Interesting I have never sleep through the night and always will wake several times a night
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:35 am
I am an insomniac.
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:03 am
I practice the "Two Sleeps"method...and awaken very refreshed and relaxed. Thanks so much for posting this Carrie! Peace, Light and Love.
 

Mark Botermuc (32)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:04 am
Thank yoiu 4 really very interesting post ...
 

Carol D. (108)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:21 am
very interesting thanks
 

Birgitta S. (225)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:21 am
Interesting, TY

won´t tell ab my sleeping habits, though :-)))
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:34 am
Thanks, Carrie, for this interesting article. I was already familiar with the book and studies and can recommend it to anyone. The article doesn't mention this, but in some areas people actually got back into their clothes and went visiting neighbours and friends nearby. They really split up their night into halves with several hours in between. This break seems to be a very natural one and familiar to many as a lot of comments suggest.
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:40 am
Excellent article. I've sent it to my mum to reassure her that she is normal (in a good way!).
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:25 am
Thank you.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:55 am
Thank you for this -very interesting.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:16 am

Reading at bed time was rarely done, it was a waste of candles. If we didn't have electricity and that in turn gives us radios and TV and other electronics that winnow down our time in bed from a place to sleep to a second place for entertainment, we too might sleep in these cycles. We do have modern distractions, it does affect our sleep and we can not easily change what is for what we wish. Even if you do not have any distractions in your bedroom, I doubt many go to bed after the sun goes down. An interesting article, Carrie thanks for sharing.
 

Jane J. (2)
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:40 pm
I have slept in shifts most of my life. Thought I was just odd. Apparently not.
 

Jack Seniorest (69)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:35 pm
Enjoyable read...thought provoking...shared with my twitter friends.............Seniorest John
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:38 pm
Today artificial light is cheap and plentiful, artificial darkness not so much. If it were, it might be possible for more people to experiment with this. I do need complete darkness to sleep whatever time period, and I have ended up making my own sleep masks because commercial ones just don't work well. Making them is a real pain, by the way.

My preferred sleep pattern is 8 or so hours straight (and it has NOT gotten shorter with age for me, but longer), but on the rare occasions when I don't get back to sleep easily after a bathroom break, it is an altered state of consciousness, so I can understand why meditation was recommended.
 

Sharon F. (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:46 pm
The artist Van Gogh said something like 'the night gives us more than the day.' So maybe we should
spend more time awake at night looking at the stars, etc. Whatever, this nation needs more focus on sleep,
esp for young people. Turn off all the electronics and just rest and think until you fall asleep. Sweet dreams!
 

Bonnie Wallace (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 2:07 pm
never really gave it thought - very interesting!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:12 pm
This is very new to me. I don't recall this habit ever having been referred to in movies, historical novels or autobiographies. It's very interesting information. I guess people just slept when it was easiest for their bodies to do so.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:16 pm
Thanks Carrie--not many people could read before 1900, so not many would have been doing so.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:18 pm
Anybody who has ever had wood stoves knows you usually Have to get up to tend the fire at least once a night.
 

Eternal Gardener (732)
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:31 pm
Thanks Carrie, this explains a lot, very interesting!
 

John S. (300)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:33 am
Normal, especially without electricity.
 

Gary A L. (133)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 9:13 am
thanks very interesting
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:06 am
Good post Carrie. My elderly neighbour has been doing the 2, 4 hour shifts since she retired about 30 years ago.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:58 pm
That's very interesting! My grandma sleeps in 2 shifts: one at night (8 hours), one in the afternoon (about 2 hours). Thanks for posting Carrie!
 

Mandi T. (423)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:49 pm
Very interesting.
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 9:26 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Ann B. (140)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 4:26 pm
thanks for sharing an interesting article
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 7:48 pm
Maybe what woke them was the straw mat sticking them, or the biting bed bugs?
 
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