Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Notes and Queries 5, 2d ser., 115 (March 13, 1858): 207. here merely states that “He rose generally very early, and never took a second sleep” However this quote could perhaps just as easily be taken to mean he never had a ‘second sleep’ or nap during the day. Especially since Boswell here states that Bishop Ken, for purposes of "his study" had "strictly accustomed himself to but one sleep." ‘One sleep’ being singular and not necessarily suggestive of ‘first sleep’. Tobias Smollett, Peregrine Pickle, 2 vols. (New York, 1967), 2: 244. “His nymph, being disturbed in her first sleep, immediately understood the sound, and, true to the agreement, rose; and, unbolting the door, as softly as possible, gave him admittance; leaving it open for his more commodious retreat.” Being “disturbed in her first sleep” is an example that challenges Ekirch’s assertions that Typically, descriptions recounted how an aroused individual had "had," "taken," or "gotten" his or her "first sleep." and that  “the vast weight of surviving evidence indicates that awakening naturally was routine, not the consequence of disturbed or fitful slumber”. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, Rodney Shewan, ed., 2 vols. (London, 1968), 2: 164 here This regimen was, however, practised by Bishop Ken, of whom Hawkins (not Sir John) in his life of that I venerable prelate, p. 4, tells us, " And that neither his Study might be the aggressor on his hours of instruction,or what he judged his duty, prevent his improvements; or both, his closet addresses to his GOD ; he strictly accustomed himself to but one sleep, which often obliged him to rise at one or two of the clock in the morning,and sometimes sooner ; and grew so habitual, that it continued with him almost till his last illness. And so lively and cheerful was his temper, that he would be very facetious and entertaining to his friends in the evening, even when it was perceived that with difficulty he kept his eyes open, and then seemed to go to rest with no other purpose than the refreshing and enabling him with more vigour and cheerfulness to sing his morning hymn, as he then used to do to his lute before he put on his clothes." —BOSWELL. BACK . 
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