Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Robert Wodrow, Analecta: or, Materials for a History of Remarkable Providences. Mostly Relating to Scotch Ministers and Christians, ed. Matthew Leishman, 4 vols. (Edinburgh, 1842–43), iii, 496. This statement is just a rewording of Ekirch’s first paper which says “Much like the Scottish cleric Robert Wodrow, we seem to have concluded that "sleep can scarce be justly reconed part of our life." However Ekirch now adds “Scholars who appear to have concluded” without presenting any supporting evidence for this statement. The full passage is far more nuanced than the single fragment quoted by Ekirch. here “That same day, or the 19th of Aprile, this country susteaned yet a greater loss by the death of worthy and honest Mr John Paislay, Minister, since the year 1690 or therby, in the parish of Lochwinnioch. He has not been able to attend our Presbytery these two years, since he gote a fall from his horse. He was astmatick, and had a cough for many years, but never hindred from his work, and attendance of Judicatorys, in which he was very exemplary. He had one thing very singular about him : These twenty or thirty years he sleeped very litle; two or three hours was much for him to sleep. He went to bed about ten, and was generally up against twelve or one in the morning. O ! what [a] vast deal of time had he, by what I and many others have— and he well improved it in meditation and prayer. He may have been said to have lived one hundred and twenty years or more, though he dyed about seventy, since sleep can scarce be justly reconed part of our life.” The understanding of this phrase hinges on the meaning ascribed to the word ‘reconed’, Ekirch who just gives the fragment “scarce be justly reconed part of our life.” does to to imply that sleep can not be considered part of our life, however I believe that in context the meaning should be ‘calculated as part of our life span’ BACK
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