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The myth of the eight-hour sleep
BBC ^ | 22 February 2012 | Stephanie Hegarty

Posted on 02/23/2012 5:17:34 PM PST by grundle

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1 posted on 02/23/2012 5:17:36 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

special prayers for the hours in between sleeps.

Oh lord, let me go back to sleep.


2 posted on 02/23/2012 5:21:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle

I pretty much sleep like that.

It’s good to know it’s natural.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 5:22:33 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: grundle

Why would this guy have to plunge people into darkness for 14 hours? Couldn’t he just interview a Swede in wintertime?


4 posted on 02/23/2012 5:24:20 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: grundle

Interesting article. I worked night shifts for nearly 20 years, at the end of which time my whole internal clock was out of whack. I ended up sleeping in stages consisting of four hours’ sleep, three hours’ waking and another three hours’ sleep. My most productive time is the three hours between sleeps, although admittedly it takes me more than half an hour to get my equilibrium right following the first awakening.


5 posted on 02/23/2012 5:25:16 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: grundle

I remember as a child, my head would hit the pillow after a rigorous day going full steam, and it seemed I’d wake to daylight 3 seconds later, fully rested.

I think that’s natural for small kids.


6 posted on 02/23/2012 5:25:47 PM PST by fwdude
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To: grundle

You a CPAP user? :) I saw this on cpaptalk.com earlier today....interesting read.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:23 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: grundle
That's one take.. here's another.

8 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:49 PM PST by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: miss marmelstein

He tried that first. He sent his sister to interview a Swede in wintertime. But she got bitten by a moose.


9 posted on 02/23/2012 5:27:42 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: grundle
They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

This is my default sleep pattern, when I have time for it.

10 posted on 02/23/2012 5:28:39 PM PST by TChad
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To: grundle
One size does not fit all. I LIKE to sleep for 8 hours uninterrupted, 7 will do but 8 is better.
11 posted on 02/23/2012 5:29:49 PM PST by Ditter
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To: miss marmelstein

As I recall this experiment, he was wanting to see what sort of schedule people would keep, if they were free from any way of regulating their body clock. So, no clocks or sun or anything was allowed.

The people were free to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Whether it be watch tv, on vcr tapes, or play board games, or read.

They just weren’t free to keep track of anytime whatsoever.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 5:30:33 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: grundle

Any correlation with the other primates, particularly the great apes?


13 posted on 02/23/2012 5:31:36 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Was there cheese involved?


14 posted on 02/23/2012 5:33:07 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: grundle

8 hour sleep? What is that? Isn’t 4 the norm? (at least for me it is... out by 1, up by 5).


15 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Ditter
Same here - but my days of an uninterupted 8 hours of sleep are long gone it seems.

But last year I was house sitting a friends place and did have one night in which I sleep the entire 8 hours. Brother, did I ever feel great the next day. Must have been the wonderful bed I was using.

16 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: grundle
some even visited neighbours

Oh, i'll just BET they did. divorces followed.

either that, or shots rang out.

:)

17 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:28 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: grundle
so ya gotta goto bed at 8 or 9 to be up by seven???
18 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:38 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: grundle

Depends on how much I drank the night before. 8 hrs usually at a minimum.


19 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:44 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: grundle
Some more, but easier on the Aeia.

20 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:44 PM PST by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: grundle

I think sleep needs vary tremendously by individual. I have always been a light sleeper and also have always slept 9 to 10 hours a night. When I was a teen it was 10 now that I am 65 it is 9. If I only get 7, I can function but will feel awful.

My Father was really strange. He could lie down just about anywhere and immediately go soundly to sleep. I could never do that.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:18 PM PST by yarddog
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To: grundle

Very interesting.
Personally I wish I could figure out how not to sleep I would.
The sleep patterns people are talking about here are also interesting.
I go for about three weeks of sleeping about four hours, then one night I’ll sleep about ten hours. Weird, but it has been that way as long as I can remember.
Thanks for posting.


22 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:38 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: grundle

Whenever I have a sustained period of time off work, my pattern is 6-7 hours at night and 1-2 hours in the afternoon. I know for a lot of people, the early afternoon (2-4) is the low point of their day, energy-wise.


23 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:43 PM PST by rbg81 (scillian's)
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To: Ditter

I usually sleep 7 hours. If I wake up after three hours, and stay up 2 hours and then sleep four hours, I’m dead tired all day. I always feel refreshed after 7 solid hours of sleep.


24 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:55 PM PST by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: Jonty30

I have short sleep cycles as well - I really only sleep soundly for about 3 hours each night. On weekends it’s more of a 3-2-3 sleep-wake pattern, but on workdays the second three is only a dream :)


25 posted on 02/23/2012 5:37:51 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (If 98% have used birth control at some point, how is this an accessibility issue?)
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To: mnehring

Pretty much me too.

The best sleep is the last 30 minutes.


26 posted on 02/23/2012 5:39:35 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: tet68

Power naps - that’s the secret.


27 posted on 02/23/2012 5:39:40 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: rbg81

You are correct, in fact I think that is where the “tea” at 4 o’clock came from. Like a perk me up.


28 posted on 02/23/2012 5:40:23 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw

I had to do that for about 9months.

I was running a 24 hour convenience store, and I only had an employee work 2 days a week.

I kept it open and learned how to meditate (so I wouldn’t sleep) for 12 hours a day, so I could work the other 12 hours.

It’s been a couple of years since I did that and my ability to sleep is still all screwed up. But I did pick up a trick of how to not sleep for extended periods.


29 posted on 02/23/2012 5:40:43 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: grundle
Normal sleep patterns are an interesting subject.............

And they change over our lifetimes.........

Generally lot's when we are growing, then less when we are adults. But even then it waxes and wanes....from 6 to 10 hrs a day.

Of course there are variables....but that's close.

30 posted on 02/23/2012 5:41:24 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: grundle

bfl


31 posted on 02/23/2012 5:41:28 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: goseminoles

seven to eight...i can get by on less but then i need to catch up

powernap sometimes too...20min in the middle of the day is a great restorative


32 posted on 02/23/2012 5:41:56 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: yarddog
My Father was really strange. He could lie down just about anywhere and immediately go soundly to sleep. I could never do that.

I have a friend who was a Navy pilot for years and then a
commercial pilot until retirement. He never got into a sleep
pattern. He could sleep and be up on about any schedule as
long as the rest averaged out well. He could do this.

33 posted on 02/23/2012 5:45:24 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: grundle

Whether I wake up between sleeps is entirely dependent on how much beer I drink.


34 posted on 02/23/2012 5:47:02 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: grundle

I’ve taken to sleeping this way. Trouble is if I work too long in the middle time I sleep real late.


35 posted on 02/23/2012 5:47:12 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
worked night shifts for nearly 20 years,

While in the Army we worked swing shifts. 6 days on, 2 days off on days, then 6 days on and 2 days off on afternoons, then 6 days on and 3 days off on midnights......

I can't say that I had any problem with it, it was just something we had to accept.

36 posted on 02/23/2012 5:47:26 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: grundle

Horse feathers.


37 posted on 02/23/2012 5:51:42 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: grundle

I had the good fortune to have a few months of free time several years back and tested my natural sleep patterns. Turned out that my ideal is 18 hours awake then 8 hours of sleep. Perhaps the human race originated on a planet with 26 hour days?


38 posted on 02/23/2012 5:51:59 PM PST by Teflonic
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***Interesting article. I worked night shifts for nearly 20 years,***

I worked an 8 hour rotating shift for about ten years. Midnights, evenings, days. Four days off between. Talk about messing you up!

Then we went to an 8 hour forward rotation for about 15 years. Midnights, days, evenings. Much better as that was in sync with our body clocks.

Then the fools voted to have a 12 hour day rotating. 4 midnights, 1 1/2 days off, then 3 days. Then three days off, and 3 midnights, 1 1/2 days off, and 4 day shifts, 6AM to 6PM.

Thought I was gonna die! Finally I had to retire or or fall over dead as I kept falling asleep at work in a very stressful job.

The fools wanted the 12 hour rotating shift as it gave them about 20 days off in a row. The problem was so many people were calling in sick that no one ever got 20 days off.


39 posted on 02/23/2012 5:53:17 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Jonty30

I’ve been waking after about 4 hours of sleep. Then I’m awake, usually until time for the alarm clock to go off, when I’m ready to go to sleep again. The following day just KILLS me, then I sleep all night the next night, then normal for the rest of the week. The last night of my weekend, I lather, rinse, and repeat.

Hate it.


40 posted on 02/23/2012 5:55:59 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: Teflonic
This thread is making me sleepy.

yitbos, goodnight

41 posted on 02/23/2012 5:56:18 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Big Giant Head

Maybe it will help, if you go to bed earlier.

If you know you’ll be awake in 4 hours, have something productive, but boring to do during those couple of hourse. I’ve heard reading is the best thing for combatting sleeplessness.


42 posted on 02/23/2012 5:58:40 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Regular night-time sleep of 7-8 hours works best for me.

Too bad it is a luxury seldom enjoyed due to a really inconsiderate elderly mother who lives nearby and will not stop early a.m. phone calls or banging on the door “just to make sure you’re alright”,despite my 2nd/3rd work schedule.Before that it was a wife who thought sleeping from 1am to 6am should be plenty since I only worked 60-64 hours a week!

The angel is gonna have to sound the Trumpet a second time for some of us.


43 posted on 02/23/2012 6:02:31 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: grundle

7-8 hours becomes 5-6 and up for Government Arbeitsziehungslager bondage, for government salaries pensions and “insurance” contractors.

5-6 becomes 3-4 and up for Government Arbeitsziehungslager bondage, for government salaries pensions and “insurance” contractors.

3-4 and up then sleep, becomes 3-4 no sleep, up for Government Arbeitsziehungslager bondage, for government salaries pensions and “insurance” contractors.


44 posted on 02/23/2012 6:10:48 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I’ve always been nocturnal from the time I was a toddler. Over the years I worked both night shift/day shift at different times and ALWAYS was more productive/creative at 3 am rather than 3 pm. I really don’t get tired until the sun rises. Then I sleep erratically for the rest of the ‘night’.

Sounds weird, bit for me that’s ‘normal’. Or I’m a vampire and just haven’t realized it yet.


45 posted on 02/23/2012 6:12:58 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Eaker
I sleep from about 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM, wake up for about an hour or two , and get another 90 minutes or so before getting up to go to work at 6:00.

That last 30 minutes is the greatest.

46 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:35 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: grundle
Interesting subject, oddly enough; you't think it would be zzzz.

Sleep patterns are highly individualistic. Siestas, or naps, depending upon your culture, are said by many to be healthy. I just can't. There is no way under God's yellow sun (literally) I can go to sleep while it's daylight. Close the blinds, close the curtains, paint the windows black -- doesn't matter; somehow my body knows.

I sometimes wish I could "bankroll" some sleep -- maybe grab a couple of hours of shuteye on a long plane flight, when I know a long period of activity awaits that night. No can do. I can't store up extra hours of sleep; but on the other hand, I can and do make up for a a few days of 6-hour sleep by sacking out for 9 hours. I need to average 7± hours, and I typically get it almost uninterrupted.

Almost, because I have to admit my sleep schedule is governed by my two big dogs (Weimaraners, who have a starring role on my FR home page). They invariably wake at first light, and spot a duck or a deer, or think they do. They have a dog door leading from my bedroom to their dog run, but they find it necessary to alert me to that fact before they bolt out the dog door. In a matter of seconds (as far as I know), I'm back asleep for another 60 to 90 minutes. Typically I awake unassisted the second time, as light enters from my east-facing bedroom window. But in case not, the dogs are there to remind me that it's breakfast time.

47 posted on 02/23/2012 6:26:41 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: CrazyIvan; yarddog
I know a lot of fromer Navy people that will tell you, the Navy will teach you to sleep anywhere, anytime, for any amount of time (10 minutes to 10 hours).

I know it did for me.

48 posted on 02/23/2012 6:37:39 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Power naps - that’s the secret.

I heard that NASA previously investigated whether astronauts could work more efficiently by napping like a cat - 15 minutes sleep every 3 hours (= 2 hours total, or only 1/12th of a day, versus 1/3rd of a day for the 8-hour block).


49 posted on 02/23/2012 6:40:00 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Jonty30
I’ve heard reading is the best thing for combatting sleeplessness.

Quite true. Especially something really boring. I've used the bible books of Leviticus and Numbers.

50 posted on 02/23/2012 6:46:28 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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