Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK James Joyce, Dubliners, Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche, eds. (New York, 1993), 189;  here “At nine o'clock I heard my uncle's latchkey in the hall door. I heard him talking to himself and heard the hallstand rocking when it had received the weight of his overcoat. I could interpret these signs. When he was midway through his dinner I asked him to give me the money to go to the bazaar. He had forgotten. ‘The people are in bed and after their first sleep now,' he said. I did not smile. My aunt said to him energetically 'Can't you give him the money and let him go ? You've kept him late enough as it is.'” Then “In a few minutes the train drew up beside an improvised wooden platform. I passed out on to the road and saw by the lighted dial of a clock that it was ten minutes to ten.” Interestingly this passage claims that people are after their first sleep sometime between 9 p.m. and 9.50 p.m.  Willa Cather, Early Novels and Stories (New York, 1987), 842;  here  “The boys who brought her home after the dances sometimes laughed at the back gate and wakened Mr. Harling from his first sleep.” Paul Nizan, The Conspiracy, Quintin Hoare, trans. (London, 1988), 154 here  “Across the city, sleepers would awake with a start from their first sleep” (due to thunderstorms) Charles Montagu Doughty, The Dawn in Britain, 6 vols. (London, 1906), 1: 65, 3: 24, 4: 224;  1: 65, “Which kindled, they were like, in their first sleep” here 3: 24, “When, kneeling, from first sleep, upon her knees” here 4: 224 “In his first sleep, some soldier slain” here Robert Laurence Binyon, "Awakenings," in Collected Poems of Laurence Binyon (London, 1931), 1: 287 here Out of first sleep as they awoke The moon had stolen upon her face. It seemed that they had opened eyes New on another world and place. Plenty of authors have used the phrase throughout the 20th century in exactly the same way as in previous centuries and so it is implausible that people would have not understood the term in the same way their ancestors had however the use of the term ‘first sleep’ in no way implies ‘segmented sleep’. BACK
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