Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK E. P. Miller, Vital Force: How Wasted and How Preserved, 3rd edn (New York, 1872), 118. here Ekirch again uses a partial quote the full sentence is “Go to bed at nine o'clock at night, and get up the moment you wake in the morning; for second sleep, or drowsing in the morning, often induces the emissions.” It is clear that second sleep has nothing to do with the conception of ‘segmented sleep’ and is, as is made clear by the author, merely “dozing in the morning.” Note the second paragraph specifically speaks of waking in the night which would surely according to Ekirch’s conception be between the end of ‘first sleep’ and the beginning of ‘second sleep’ SLEEPING. The matter of sleep is of much importance in cases of sexual disturbance. Feather-beds and soft pillows are sure to increase the morbid conditions. Better sleep upon a hard floor with only a blanket than upon feathers. Mattresses of hair, husk, or straw, with a quilt spread over them, if need be, are best for all who suffer sexually. The bed should never be soft and yielding, but firm, and the covering as light as may be consistently with warmth; there will be less liability to excitement if the body is kept a little cool. Go to bed at nine o'clock at night, and get up the moment you wake in the morning; for second sleep, or drowsing in the morning, often induces the emissions. If the patient wakes in the night, and feels an irritation of the sexual organs, as though an emission were about to take place, let him rise immediately and walk about the room, rub the body all over with, a coarse towel or brush, empty the bladder, and bathe the parts with tepid water; bathe the back of the head and forehead with cold water, and thus get the blood equalized before again retiring. The bladder should also be emptied before retiring in the evening, as the pressure will otherwise be liable to cause an emission. BACK
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