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Learning To Sleep From "Wild Nights"

Shahbaz Nahian, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36011595

How'd you sleep last night?  Did you get eight hours, or at least try?  Try and fail to get enough sleep is a constant refrain in the world today. 

And maybe because we've tried to turn sleeping into something like shift work: pick a part of the day and SLEEP, boom.  The body often does not cooperate. 

In the book Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World, author Benjamin Reiss gives a lesson in what sleep was like before coffee and alarm clocks.  And he considers what we might take from that lesson to make our sleeping more satisfying today.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.