[Vwoolf] The Big Sleep

mhussey at verizon.net mhussey at verizon.net
Thu May 14 09:10:38 EDT 2020

Thank you SO much for this Gretchen. For the past couple of months I have been falling asleep almost as soon as I turn out the light, then waking about 3 hours later feeling that it is time to get up, around 2.30/3am, and lying in the dark for hours before getting another couple of hours around 5/6am. I have even resorted to sleeping pills to break this cycle, but now perhaps I see I should just get up and answer some emails, ha ha. Better living through the Woolf listserv. Stay safe out there everyone…


From: Vwoolf <vwoolf-bounces+mhussey=verizon.net at lists.osu.edu> On Behalf Of Gretchen Gerzina via Vwoolf
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:48 AM
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Subject: [Vwoolf] The Big Sleep


Dear Pavasha,


There’s been a lot written about the two-sleep cycle, which dates back to Roman times, and was common throughout Europe and America. A great book on this is E. Roger Ekirch’s At Day’s Close, which gives the whole history of this. Lots of people wake after 4 hours, then sleep again for several more. In early New England, people used to get up after their first sleep and greet others in the street, before going back to bed for their second sleep. It wasn’t unusual for people to ask in the morning, “how was your first sleep”?


Gretchen Gerzina

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