Sleeping like a Victorian Could Improve Sleep Quality: Dr. Michael Mosley

Sleeping like a Victorian Could Improve Sleep Quality: Dr. Michael Mosley

A recently published report by Dr. Michael Mosley on Daily Mail suggests that Victorian sleep technique could help in getting the required amount of sound sleep. However, it could be a difficult schedule to follow, especially in the current situation where everyone is consuming lot of media on TV and handheld devices.

The importance of sound sleep can be best understood by individuals who suffer from insomnia. While sleep issues are rare during youth, the sleep becomes lighter as people age. Walking up in the middle of the night and then going back to sleep is difficult. Many people even suffer anxiety once they wake up in the middle of the night.

In his article, Dr. Mosley talks about a research conducted by Roger Ekirch, a professor of history at Virginia Tech. Professor Ekirch suggests that during pre-industrial times, people used to sleep when it got dark. They would sleep for five or six hours. After getting adequate amount of rest, they would engage in household chores or enjoy a little intimate time and go back to sleep again.

The Daily Mail story further informs, “Prof Ekirch believes that the pressures of the industrial age and the arrival of electric lights changed all that. Once people began having to clock on to work and artificial light meant they no longer went to bed soon after dark, sleeping continuously became the new normal.”

Dr. Mosley added that he goes to sleep by 10.30 pm in case he aims to wake up by 7 am. He generally gets up at 3 am and drinks a glass of milk. He also has a collection of 40 boring books which help him drift back to second sleep session. Sometimes, he listens to music or meditates before going in for second sleep session for 3-3.5 hours.

As per my personal experience, sleep issues can start around age of 35-40 years. Once I wake up in the middle of the night, I watch some comedy on Smart TV and go back to sleep within 30 minutes. I find it better to watch a comedy instead of worrying about some small issues during my midnight struggle to fall asleep again.

Getting the right amount of sleep can keep diabetes at bay. It can also improve sex drive and reduce the risk of heart disease. As per NHS data, nearly 30 percent of adults in the United Kingdom admit having sleep issues. Sleeping at regular times will also help you to sleep better, as the brain will be programmed for sleep at certain parts of the day.

According to the Royal Society of Medicine research, “How The Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate And Died”, a combination of lots of physical activity and a diet rich in fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables meant that Victorians suffered from fewer chronic, degenerative diseases than we do today.