Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK William Wadd, ‘Facts towards a History of Eating, Drinking and Sleeping’,Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature and Art, xxv (1828), 252. here It is clear that he is referring to a very small number of people and thus there is no hint of “marvel” in this passage A question has been raised, how much sleep is required, and how long it is necessary to be in bed, for the purpose of rest and refreshment. Eight hours have been allotted for the labourer, and six for the scholar and gentleman. Very few gentlemen, however, are satisfied with this scale ; and a capacity for sleeping makes the greater part of this class of the community inclined to double the period. The capacity for sleeping, like the capacity for eating and drinking, is to be increased by indulgence. Much depends upon habit. Some people can sleep when they will, and wake when they will; and are as much refreshed with a short nap as along one. Sea- faring people have this property from education. I have known persons who have never indulged in a second sleep. One gentleman, who entertained a notion that a second nap was injurious, invariably got up as soon as he awoke, no matter how early the hour — winter or summer. Others, again, will sleep for four-and-twenty hours. The celebrated Quin had this faculty. "What sort of a morning is it, John ?" "Very wet, Sir." "Any mullet in the market ?" "No, Sir." "Then John, you may call me this time to-morrow." So saying, he composed himself to sleep, and got rid of the ennui of a dull day, in the arms of Morpheus. BACK
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