2 Sleep Periods?

by Michael Reeder on February 26, 2012

I found this a facinating article.  Could it be that some of us need to go to bed much earlier, and assume that we will be up for 2 hours in the middle of the night instead of trying to get more done late in the evening before going to bed?

This article points to the 8-hour night’s sleep as a recent creation brought about by electric lights and the need for “efficiency”.  It makes the case for two 4-hour sleep periods per night being the natural human and historical norm.

I can say that sleep is the foundation upon which many of the mental health problems I see rest.  A client with bipolar disorder is often much more stable when he/she can sleep during regular nighttime hours.  A depressed and anxious client who can get some sleep is less depressed and anxious.  And so on.


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