Is Sleeping for Eight Hours Straight Really the Best Way?

We’ve posted before about alternative sleeping patterns and strategies for dividing your sleep into multiple chunks. These may sound like modern concepts designed to cope with today’s busy schedules; however, there is evidence that dividing up one’s sleep into shorter blocks is the historical norm. As Stephanie Hegarty writes in this BBC News article, “these [historical]references describe a first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.” and “During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and some even visited neighbours. Most people stayed in bed, read, wrote and often prayed”.

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6 thoughts on “Is Sleeping for Eight Hours Straight Really the Best Way?”

  1. “the majority of doctors still fail to acknowledge that a consolidated eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.” It seems as though there’s some teeth to the argument put forth in this article. Hopefully more research will be done soon. There’s so much contradictory information about sleep times…

  2. Well for me, an 8 hours sleep is still best for me. But before I have that kind of problem, sleeping for 2-3 hours then become active for 2 hours and then sleep again. But found out that after waking up early morning that I’m not satisfied on that routine. After some advice and research i finally got my 8-hour sleep routine. For future readers/followers check this site for some advice that might help you…Have a good night sleep to all of us.:D

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