Fear not! Sleep Dreams has not been abandoned. I appreciate your patience as I get back into the swing of posting and prepare to make some tweaks here. Please come back and visit again soon.
Sleep Dreams is taking the week off for Spring Break 2012 — please stop by next week to catch up on your sleep (-related content).
Although it doesn’t pertain specifically to children and sleep, the premise of today’s article is fascinating – and it’s not difficult to make some connections to our younger counterparts. The BBC News last week published an article entitled “The myth of the eight-hour sleep,” which argues that historically human sleep was more segmented:
“We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.”
The article discusses the proof that humans once slept in something akin to two, four-hour chunks, with some activity (both in bed and out of bed) between. The article ends with question: “Do you sleep in segments? Send us your sleep stories,” and to date, 321 people have responded (sometimes referencing babies), adding some additional informal evidence to the mix.
Why isn’t there a proper Q&A today?
Because Sleep Dreams will be taking a rest this week. Please, please come back and visit in 2012, when we’ll be back to publishing daily content. In the meantime, feel free to look through what we’ve posted already. And have a wonderful, restful (ha!) holiday.