asher63 (asher63) wrote,
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Segmented Sleep

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-segmented-sleep.html?smid=fb-nytscience&smtyp=cur&_r=1

'Back when segmented sleep was common, this period between “first” and “second” sleep inspired reverence. The French called it dorveille, or wakesleep, a hypnotic state. English speakers called it “the watch.” I had usually approached the post-­midnight hours full-sail, by staying up. Waking into them is different, childlike. The time feels freer. The urge to be busy abates. Conversation has a conspiratorial intimacy, as if you’ve sneaked behind the tent to find the only other smoker at the wedding. Though I preferred the name dorveille, because it sounded glamorous, “the watch” was technically more accurate during those early weeks, when I mainly got up and watched Netflix. ...'
Tags: insomnia, old age and treachery
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