Learn About the 8-Hour Sleep Myth
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We have always been told that we should get atleast 7-8 hours of sleep at a time but a recent report by BBC suggests that 8-hour sleep might actually be unnatural. According to historian, Roger Ekirch, in the past, it was normal to get 2-interval sleep, one early evening, a break, and then 2nd later at night.

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8-Hour Sleep Myth - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. Pop quiz - How many hours Thomas Edison slept per day? Answer - 3-4 hours Hi, I am Sheri discussing the 8-hour sleep myth. We have always been told that we should get atleast 7-8 hours of sleep at a time but a recent report by BBC suggests that 8-hour sleep might actually be unnatural. According to historian, Roger Ekirch, in the past, it was normal to get 2-interval sleep, one early evening, a break, and then 2nd later at night. Historical documents support this - there are references to neighbors visiting each other in the middle of 2 sleeps and doctors suggesting couples to conceive a baby after the first sleep. How much to sleep and when to sleep is not as clear-cut as conventional wisdom suggests. Like Edison, many other famous people such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin have been known to not sleep much. If we look towards other species in nature, data is just as contradictory. Giraffes only need 2 hours of sleep. A cow only sleeps for 4 hours. But then at the other end, bats sleep for nearly 80% of their lives. My cat wouldn't be very happy if she's sleeping less than 16 hours a day! Regardless of the intervals, most studies do suggest that either sleeping too much or sleeping too little can lead to health problems. Who knows, if we will ever solve the mysteries of sleep. By the way, how much and when do you sleep?