The myth of the eight-hour sleep – BBC News

The myth of the eight-hour sleep – BBC News:

The myth of the eight-hour sleep
By Stephanie Hegarty
BBC World Service
22 February 2012

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We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep…

I have often worried about the hours I spend lying in bed, usually starting around 2:30 am. Finally I began to accept it, and put my mind to work, reading, planning, meditating.

Now I am beginning to realise is is not a problem, simply the way our bodies work if given enough sleep time. After years of shift work and 4:30 am starts I have developed the habit of going to bed early, and now I am beginning to benefit from the time between first sleep and second sleep.

Phandrens.

Wombat-stoning South Australian police officer avoids charges over incident | 7NEWS.com.au

Wombat-stoning South Australian police officer avoids charges over incident | 7NEWS.com.au:

2ca299d3830152cbad6396fc36d1cf0f56130017Investigators found Johncock, as a traditional Aboriginal man, had an appropriate permit to hunt wombats for food and his actions were not inconsistent with traditional practices. If Indigenous people can kill native animals that are protected for the rest of us and “the Senior Community Constable’s actions were not inconsistent with traditional hunting practices…” 

My question is:

Did he the cook and eat the Wombat for food, like a hungry Koori Hunter ???   Did his family and community receive sustenance they could not get any other way, or was it a thrill kill?

Lots to consider here…