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Historians at Work 1-Hero - Historians at Work #5 Summary...

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Historians at Work #5 Summary of: “Sleep We Have Lost: Pre-Industrial Slumber in the British Isles” Professor A. Roger Ekirch studies the overlooked topic of sleep in Pre-Industrial England and how it reflected the conditions and habits of the time. Sleeping today, Ekirch states, is not the same activity that it was even 100 years ago. Drawing from a plethora of sources, including paintings and diaries of contemporary peoples, Ekirch reveals how sleep was often times very hectic in that many people suffered from a disturbed sleeping pattern labeled ‘first sleep’ and ‘second sleep’ which greatly affected their waking lives. Instead of a continuous period of deep sleep, pre-industrial peoples often woke up in the middle of the night, usually around or after midnight for a short one hour period of wakefulness. This period was noted as a time when many people found inspiration from dreams they had just awoken from. They often became confusing, jumbled attempts at creating tales in which to tell relatives and friends, as well as turned into stories by many authors. Because of this wakeful period, a deeper connection was made between pre-
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Historians at Work 1-Hero - Historians at Work #5 Summary...

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