Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK ‘Art of Early Rising’, Young England, 267. As can be seen it is not the author of the article that suggest this, it is actually taken from The Lancet. This is another partial quote from Ekirch the full sentence is  “After a very few days of self discipline, the man who resolves not to 'doze'-that is, to allow some still sleepy part of his body to keep him in bed after his brain has once awakened-will find himself, without knowing how, an early riser.” and as can be seen this is merely about dozing in the morning and nothing about forgoing a ‘second sleep’ The Lancet offers the following advice on the subject of early rising:-" The proper time to rise is when sleep, properly so-called, ends. Dozing is not admissible from any reasonable point of view. The brain falls in to the state we call sleep, and the organs of the body follow it. True sleep is the aggregate of sleeps. In other words, sleep, which must be a natural function-i e., physiological instead of pathological, or induced by disease or drugs -in a state which consists in the sleeping or rest of all the several parts of the organism. Sometimes one and at other times another part of the body as a whole may be the least fatigued, and so the first to awake, or the more exhausted, and therefore the most difficult to arouse. The secret of good sleep is--the physiological conditions of rest being established-to so work and weary the several parts of the organism as to give them a proportionately equal need of rest at the same moment. The cerebrum or mind organ, the sense organs, the muscular system, and the viscera should be all ready to sleep together, and so far as may be possible, they should be equally tired. To wake early and feel ready to rise, this fair and equal start of the sleeper should be secured, and the wise self-manager should not allow a drowsy feeling of the consciousness or weary senses, or an exhausted muscular system to beguile him into the folly of going to sleep again when once his consciousness has been aroused. After a very few days of self discipline, the man who resolves not to 'doze'- that is, to allow some still sleepy part of his body to keep him in bed after his brain has once awakened-will find himself, without knowing how, an early riser.'" BACK
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2018