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Learning To Sleep From "Wild Nights"

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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 over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.