The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


The Incredible Story Of Sleep …
March 8, 2022, 8:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Culture, Health, Sleep

A few weeks ago, I listened to a radio program about sleep.

While its importance has been well documented, this program covered the history of sleep and how it has been dramatically impacted by the way society now lives.

I know, I’m not doing a great job of selling it am I?

But if you listen to the program, you will hear how we used to sleep in 2 phases … how the Industrial Revolution played a significant role in damaging it, from introducing the attitude of ‘time is money’ to the rise of artificial illumination … how we now sleep 20% less than we did 70 years ago and how literally every ailment, illness, negative impact on life is directly attributable to sleep deprivation.

It’s 24 minutes of wonderfulness, which, ironically, will leave you wide awake.

Who knew this blog could actually be interesting and educational?

Though, I appreciate, it’s only because I’m presenting someone else’s brilliant work.

Story of my life.

So if you want to know why one of the most considerate things you can do as a partner, parent or boss is encourage the people around you to get more rest than society tends to let them experience, you can listen to the reasons and background here.


15 Comments

I thought it was going to be a podcast of you speaking, I was happy to hear it wasn’t.

Comment by Bazza

good insulting. well fucking done.

Comment by andy@cynic

Who knew this blog could actually be interesting and educational?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

Comment by John

absofuckinglutely no one.

Comment by andy@cynic

+ 1

Comment by DH

Is that photo of little Otis?

Comment by Jemma King

is that a creepy question? it fucking sounds like a creepy question.

Comment by andy@cynic

Don’t be nasty to Jem.

And no it isn’t Otis … though I appreciate it looks a lot like him. So much so, I had to go through all my photos on my phone to check, hahaha.

Comment by Rob

thats right otis, your dad doesnt know who you are. thank fuck for you mum.

Comment by andy@cynic

Does it involve a Wi-Fi sleep machine?

Comment by DH

I’m not sure wi-fi sleep machines existed when this was first broadcast in 2017!

Comment by John

That’s still a modern reference by Rob’s standards.

Comment by DH

Maybe … but there is a bluetooth machine and I had it. Ha.

Comment by Rob

I’ve just listened Robert. You were right, it was fascinating. Thank you.

Comment by Lee Hill

Just saw Forest play Liverpool in the quarter final of the FA cup. Even though you know they won’t get any further, I can imagine you’re bouncing off the walls.

Comment by Pete




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