Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK New-Bedford Mercury, 6 Sept. 1833. But the article actually says that early rising and a forgoing a ‘second nap is actually the “natural” way “But it will take time to return from an artificial state of constitution to a natural one” thus completely contradicting Ekirch’s point. We shall find that early rising is one of the indispensable requisites to longevity. We shall find, too, that men of almost all countries have been healthy, useful and happy, to a prolonged old age, on six hours; sleep in twenty- four, and even less. I do not consider the minimum or smallest amount which is compatible with human health and happiness as yet fixed; but no person who will bring his habits to a healthy standard requires more. I speak of adults of course, for infancy and childhood obviously require more sleep and maturity. It has sometimes been said that if we were to retire to rest at an early hour, and make it our daily practice to rise when we first wake, that is at the end of the first nap, and never allow ourselves to take a second nap, we shall in time to come sleep more soundly than before; and not only so, the length of this single nap, whether it be four, five or six hours, will be the measure of sleep we need. This is a very good general rule; perhaps there is no better. Every one must observe that he feels better after rising at the end of the first nap, than if he yield to the second. But it will take time to return from an artificial state of constitution to a natural one; though the process is a plain and safe one, as I have already shown by the facts which are presented above. We should also remember, that the amount of rest we expend, but to the soundness of the sleep. Consequently, five hours of truly sound sleep may answer the wants of the physical frame, as well as six or eight of which is of a contrary character BACK
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