Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Boorde, Compendyous Regyment advised "Whan you do wake of your fyrste slepe make water if you fele your bladder charged." but as can be seen in the full quote he goes on to say that you should “tourney yourselfe” every other time you awaken, here. whan you be in your bed, lye a lytel whyle on your left syde, & slepe on your ryght syde. And whan you do wake of your fyrste slepe, make water yf you fele your bladder charged, and than slepe on the lefte syde ; and loke, as ofte as you do wake, so ofte toume yourselfe in the bed from the^ one syde to the other. The question then becomes what using Ekirch’s conception of segmented sleep, are these subsequent periods of sleep/wake termed, the cannot all be second sleep, but Ekirch’s model does not allow for 3rd, 4th, 5th etc., sleep, does this perhaps suggest that in this passage, at least, the “fyrste slepe” refers to something other then a ordinal event Dunton, Teague Land, 25 (The version referenced by Ekirch was significantly edited and censored, I have used the complete version published as ‘Teague Land or A Merry Ramble to the Wild Irish (1698) by John Dunton, edited and introduced by Andrew Carpenter, Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2003 where the relevant passage occurs on page 60) We all lay in the same roome upon green rushes. sheets and soft white blankets which the emulate one another in verie much (I meane the housewives among them), and they assur’d me no man ever gott cold lyeing on green rushes, which  indeed are sweet and cleane, being changed everie day if raine hinders not. But tho they have not lice among them, they are full of white snayles which I found upon my cloaths. I wonder’d mightily to heare people walking to the fire palce in the middle of the house to piss there in the ashes, but I was soone after forced to doe soe too for want of a chamberpot, which they are not much used unto. There is no mention in this passage of ‘first sleep’. Also there is actually no indication that the narrator was actually asleep when the described event occurred. Statement of Samuel Whitehouse, Old Bailey Sessions Papers, May 21–23, 1760. here  “I saw the prisoner at the bar go to bed about 9 o'clock that night; I went to bed at 11 when Mr. Cottis did, in that very room which the prisoner lay in; I saw him in bed when I went to bed, and I got up about three the next morning to make water, St. James's church clock 3, then I saw him in bed, and Mr. Cottis along with him”. Note that there is no mention of first sleep in quote and that it is in fact 3am that he gets up to urinate which stretches the idea that first sleep ends “sometime after midnight” as Ekirch envisages BACK
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