I thought I’d share this post on two-piece sleeping.
As is very evident from my pattern of posting it’s what I’ve been doing for some time now.
Advantages include not wasting time watching quality TV shows. Disadvantages include not being awake when a lot of the world is awake, and being phoned up by people who expect you to be awake.
The basic story is that prior to about 1800 it was common, presumably in European or ‘western’ society, to sleep in two shifts, with a period of wakefulness of two or three hours after the first sleep of three or four hours. We are led to believe that this practice died out because of “the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses.”
I’m surprised that the siesta is not mentioned.
At last look the post had attracted 359 comments in the space of about a week.
I note too that language which is not gender inclusive is used.
Too sleepy to find an image.
Update: Here’s the image I was thinking of last night but couldn’t find. It’s a painting The Siesta by John Frederick Lewis, 1876: