Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The science of sleep

“Who’s to say when you should be awake and when you should be asleep?” Carol Worthman, professor of anthropology and an expert in the sleep habits of different cultures, posed this question in a recent New York Times article.

Here's an excerpt:

In traditional societies where life revolves around herding, say, rather than scheduled paid labor, people sleep when they’re tired. And when they wake and find themselves in a 2 a.m. world?

“They go outside and look at the stars, and someone else who’s awake notices and comes out, too, and they sit with you and you end up gossiping,” Worthman said.

Click here to read the full article.

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