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Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses.
Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book .
This mimics the days in mid-winter, with short daylight and long nights.
At first, the participants would sleep huge stretches of time, likely making up for sleep debt that’s common among modern people.
No matter why the change happened, shortly after the turn of the 20 century the concept of two sleeps had vanished from common knowledge. Two sleeps per night may have been the method of antiquity, but tendencies towards it still linger in modern man.
There could be an innate biological preference for two sleeps, given the right circumstances.
Once they had caught up on their sleep though, a strange thing started to happen. Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. The middle hours of the night, between two sleeps, was characterized by unusual calmness, likened to meditation.
References are scattered throughout literature, court documents, personal papers, and the ephemera of the past.His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk.We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night.This was alarming at first, but then I remembered that this sleep pattern was quite common in pre-electric light days.When this happened I would end up reading or writing by candlelight for an hour or two, then going back to bed.” Moyer didn’t set out to reproduce our ancestors sleep pattern, it just happened as a byproduct of a lot of dark hours.