Friday, April 18, 2008


I was watching Modern Marvels on the History Channel tonight, which I don't usually do. First of all, the topics don't usually catch my interest, and second, it's on early and the chilluns are usually still rattling about, making watching an exercise in futility. But...tonight they were quietly watching a movie or doing their school work, and I caught most of an episode. It was about the bedroom, and had segments on how beds are made, the history of beds, alarm clocks, etc....fascinating. Before they go to commercial, they always read a bit of related trivia, and I was intrigued to learn this fact:
Before the invention of the light bulb, the average person slept 9-10 hours per night. After, the average person slept 7-8 hours per night.

This means the average person began sleeping two hours less, around the turn of the last century. In one week's time, that averages out to fourteen hours, or TWO FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP (by today's standard)!! See me using exclamation points?! And we wonder what's wrong with us?
"It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep. " Psalm 127:2

1 comment:

QueenB said...

....and you post this following a night where I went to bed VERY late, got only 5 hours of sleep, and am very tired and cranky today..........I was up late preparing items for our children in anticipation of "Adoption Day", items which are meant to soothe their delicate psyches, help to fill in some of the blank spaces, give them a further connection to our family, and a history compatible with what they see in the other children. In other words, I was laundering the sweet little baby items I purchased for them, so Daddy and I can show them how we would have adorned and cared for them, had we taken them home from the hospital, and dressed them, and cuddled them, as babies. I still need to find (make??) time to put together the photos for their life book, another late night task..........Remember Hurricane Bob in '91? We went to bed for 10 days when it got dark because we were without light. (and flushing toilets, I might add!)