Segmented Sleep Used To Be The Norm
Historian A. Roger Ekirch brought the trend of segmented sleep to light in 2001. His findings revealed that people used to divide their sleep into two separate periods, often referred to as "first sleep" and "second sleep." Between these periods, people would do chores, read, pray, or even go outside to visit friends. As electric lighting became more prominent, however, people began to stay up later and get their sleep all in one go.
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