Blog Log #2

How our lengthy lives could be due to our change in sleep patterns – By Robby Berman

http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/for-1000s-of-years-we-went-to-bed-twice-a-night-2 

As I read through the content the author describes how we have severely changed how we as humankind naturally sleep. Since the 1500’s we slept in two segments, one was two get rest and then we had what is called a “the watching”. These hours around midnight were used to chop wood, do chores or to socialize with your neighbors. The last segment of sleep, also known as “morning sleep” occurred after the hours at midnight till morning. In modern times because we drain our bodies into exhaustion we tend not to sleep in two segments because we need to sleep for a full 7-9 hours. As the author conveyed the issues of our past routines he explained how in the 1500’s people died at the age of 40 while now with our full cycle of sleep we die closer to 80. One of the main connections I made was when he stated ” Timothy A. Connolly of Center of Sleep Medicine at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital” explained that waking up or sleeping in segments actually harms your body tissue. He establishes that when you disrupt the process of sleep you press “pause” on your rest harming your organs, muscle tissue and cells which can lead to serious health issues such as; heart disease, obesity, and strokes. I have heard many times that people have restless nights out of nowhere and Robby Berman could have found the reason; our ancestral habits. As we continue to grow we still have our inner instincts that could, in the end, be the reason we feel the need to be alert in the hours of midnight.

One thought on “Blog Log #2

  1. Very interesting! I always wake up in the middle of the night… I thought it was just age… 🙂

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