Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
  BACK ‘Substantial Benefit by Early Rising’, The Court, Lady’s Magazine, Monthly Critic and Museum (Aug. 1842), 62. here In the will of the late Mr. James Serjeant of the borough of Leicester, is the following singular clause:- As my nephews are fond of indulging themselves in bed in the morning, and as I wish to prove to the satisfaction of my executors that they have got out of bed in the morning, and employ themselves in business or taken exercise in the open air, from 5 till 8 o’clock every morning, from the 5th of April to 10th October, being three hours each day; and from 7 till 9 o’clock in the morning from 10th October to 5th April , being two hours every morning; this is to be done for some years, during the first seven years to the satisfaction of my executors, who may excuse them in the case of illness, but the task must be made up when they are well; and if they will not do this, they shall not receive any share of my property. Temperance makes the faculties clear and exercise makes them vigorous. It is temperance and exercise united that can alone insure the fittest state for mental or bodily exertion Ekirch claims that this is a “widely publicised story” however I can find no other reference to it. This passage, although it talks about the sons having to get up early, is actually about temperance and exercise rather than ‘early rising’ per se. BACK
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