What intrigued me most about the sleep research was a feeling of connection to ancient humans and to a realm beyond clock-driven, electrified industrial life, whose endless demands are more punishing than ever. Much as Werner Herzog’s documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams pulls the viewer into the lives of ancient cave dwellers in southern France who painted the walls with marvelous images, reading about how our ancestors filled their nights with dream reflection, lovemaking and 10-to-12 hour stretches of down-time produced a strange sense of intimacy and wonder.
The 8-Hour Sleep Myth: How I Learned That Everything I Knew About Sleep Was Wrong by Lynn Paramore
I’m not sure if this article really provided enough insights that would help me better create a sleeping routine. However, it was a valuable reflection on sleep and how our society has changed how we approach it. It did also make me reevaluate how I picture life during the sleeping hours. Sleep is such a fascinating state of consciousness and there seems to be so much value in trying to embrace and understand it rather than struggle against it (as so many have to today). I like the idea of seeing sleep and the restful hours in bed as a place of “intimacy, dream reflection and wonder.”