Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK William Rowley, All's Lost by Lust (London, 1633);here  Margaretta. Sleepes he, Fydella ? Fydelta. Slumbringly, madam; He [i]s not yet in his dead sleepe. Mar. Tis now His dying, anon comes his dead sleep. For never shall he wake, untill the world Hath Phoenix-like bin hid in his owne ashes. Fydella, take my strength into thine armes, And play the cruell executioner, As I will first instruct thee. This passage seems to be explicitly using the phrase “dead sleepe” to mean death not “deep sleep” or “first sleep” as Ekirch seems to believe. Thomas Shadwell, The Amorous Bigotte (London, 1690), 43; here  SCENE, Bernardo's House. Bernardo within. Bern. Why, Diego, Sirrah, Drone, Bear, Dormouse, stir, Rogue; by my beard I think an Earthquake would not wake thee: why sirrah, are you in a dead sleep →? Enter in his Morning-Gown, and Diego to him. Diego. Oh, oh, I was, Sir, till you were pleas'd to call me to life, but to a wearisome one, if you will not suffer me to take out my ← sleep → . Bern. Thou would'st out-sleep the seven sleepers: 'tis broad day. Diego. I see that as well as you, Sir, and better too; for my eyes are younger. Bern. Lazy Rascal, the Rising-Sun upbraids thy sloth. Diego. I am sure he went to bed before me. This passage appears to be taking place in the morning ’tis broad day’, and thus would appear that in this example “dead sleep” is not referring to the conception of ‘first sleep’ that Ekirch hypothesises. The Dramatic Works of Sir William D'Avenant (New York, 1964), 146; The 1964 edition is a reprint of the 1872-74 edition here there appears nothing in any of the 5 volumes that fits Ekirch’s point, e.g neither “dead sleep” or “deep sleep” occur.  Boswell, ["On Sleep and Dreams"], 2: 112 here Absolute, unfeeling, and unconscious, or as it is well expressed, "dead Sleep," to be sure cannot charm either the wise or the foolish. But that kind of Sleep it not in any degree a matter of choice ; so that he who is thus fixed cannot be upbraided in Thomson's words, with " Falsely luxurious will not man awake,™ for he has no will either for or against: it, and no power to awake. This passage does not seem to be describing the ‘desirability’ of dead sleep  Henry Vaughan, Welsh Proverbs with English Translations (Felinfach, Wales, 1889), 35; here  "Men thrive by sleep, not long, but deep," Note that this has nothing to do with segmented sleep.  Erik Eckholm, "Exploring the Forces of Sleep," New York Times Magazine (April 17, 1988): 32.here  “Many experts believe that the deepest stages of sleep, known as ''slow-wave'' sleep, the times when you are hardest to wake, are important for producing a well-rested feeling. Whether or not this is true, research suggests that the degree to which people feel rested depends more than anything else on the number of times they awaken during the night. For a variety of reasons, ranging through the tossing of a restless bedmate, anxiety and serious medical problems, you may awaken repeatedly. Although these arousals may last only seconds and be forgotten by morning, they leave you feeling that you didn't sleep well, without knowing why.” Note that this passage has nothing to do with segmented sleep. BACK
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2018