Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Note that neither of the references given by Ekirch mention ‘constipation’ Hole, Practical Moral Lesson Book, ii, 141. here The hours of retiring to rest should be regularly observed. To retire at ten, and rise at six, is the common practice of many, and these are very good hours for securing the necessary repose. To sleep as much at night, and make as much use of the daylight as possible, is beneficial to health: thus the proverb says : — Early to bed, and early to rise, If you would be healthy, wealthy, and wise. All persons in ordinary health should rise on awakening out of their first sleep. The practice is likely to produce more soundness of rest. A second sleep is seldom refreshing, and often does harm rather than good. Early Rising’, Georgia Telegraph, 29 Jan.  1850. A talented physician remarks that “Early rising is the stepping stone to all that is great and good. Both the mind and the body are invigorated by the practice, and much valuable time is gained that is lost to the sluggard. it is the basis upon which health and wealth is founded. The early morning is the best period for reflection and study; for it is then, after refreshing sleep, that the mind is most vigorous and calm. The statesman, as well as the merchant arranges his plans for the coming day and all passes smoothly; while he who wastes his morning in bed loses much of the most valuable commodity in life - time - which is never regained. Early rising will often make a poor man rich - the contrary will too often beggar the wealthiest. It will do much towards making the week strong; and the reverse will enfeeble the strongest. Second sleep often produces headache and languor There is nothing more true than that -  “He that loses an hour in the morning is seeking it in the remainder of the day” All of our greatest men have been early risers; for instance - Newton, Franklin, Wellington, Shakespeare, Milton, Reynolds, Hunter, Eldon, Erskine” BACK
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