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8-Hour Sleep Myth; Report Suggests Historically Humans Need 2 Intervals Of Sleep

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Conventional wisdom tells us that we should get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but a recent report by the BBC suggests that this might just be a myth.

Historian Roger Ekirch believes that in the past, it was normal to get two sleep sessions, one early evening, a break, and then a second later at night.

The report cites historical evidence that seems to prove this pattern; neighbors visited between sleeps and doctors advised that conception of a child is best between sleep sessions.

Learn more about the report in the video above.


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