AleisterCrowley wrote:I recall reading somewhere that 'two sleeps' were normal(ish) behaviour pre 18th century - biphasic sleep ?
Four hours asleep , up for two or three, then another four hours- both during the night though....
Absolutely, in Samuel Pepys's day, as he records, it was considered quite normal to talk about a first and second sleep during the night. People would use the break to eat, drink, read, have sex, and maybe get dressed to go out and visit the neighbours. Not all at the same time, mind you.
I find i'm getting drowsy mid-afternoon, even though I don't have a large lunch (or beer), I think the old biorhythms have a dip around 3am and 3pm
Any alcohol at all in the middle of the day will send me to sleep, and it always has done. But then, all my life I've been infamous for being able to catch a ten minute nap at any time, anywhere at all. When I was in my late thirties (overworked, overpaid yuppie period), I also found that I could drift off and just touch the edge of sleep, then snap back - and feel refreshed for several hours! I subsequently discovered that Buddhist priests spend their lives trying to cultivate that knack.