Why, exactly, are we so sleep-deprived? What has happened over the course of the last 75 years? In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; in 2017, almost one in two people is. The reasons are seemingly obvious. “First, we electrified the night,” Walker says. “Light is a profound degrader of our sleep. Second, there is the issue of work: not only the porous borders between when you start and finish, but longer commuter times, too. No one wants to give up time with their family or entertainment, so they give up sleep instead. And anxiety plays a part. We’re a lonelier, more depressed society. Alcohol and caffeine are more widely available. All these are the enemies of sleep.”
A great article on the importance of sleep: an adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.
At Stanford University I visited William Dement, the retired dean of sleep studies, a co-discoverer of REM sleep, and co-founder of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. I asked him to tell me what he knew, after 50 years of research, about the reason we sleep. “As far as I know,” he answered, “the only reason we need to sleep that is really, really solid is because we get sleepy.”
~ D. T. Max – making a documentary on sleep for National Geographic
Sleep has always phased me. Why do some people need to sleep all the time, while others hardly at all? Why do all animals, including us, need to sleep when it leaves us exposed at our weakest? It seems there aren’t any easy answers.
If you’re anything like me, sleeping in a pipe is probably one of those things on your pre dirt nap to-do list. Well good news then: the Park Hotel in Austria allows you to do just this. Designed by Andreas Strauss, you can pre-book one of three pipes which means you can then simply rock up with your pin code to sleep in your pipe. You leave the amount you think your stay was worth in the pipe when you check-out. And if you want any reassurance, check out the recommendation on their website:
“It is wonderful …”
Ein Besucher, A visitor!