How the BBC Never Lost Sleep Over Tory-LibDem Austerity

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

The BBC is a bourgeois entity that fleeces the working class through the instigation of a State-sponsored, annual licence-fee, the money raised from which, is used to pay millions to those talentless ‘entertainers’ the BBC currently favours, or to fund politically biased news stories continuously supporting the rightwing, (fabricating stories such as a ‘massacre’ in Beijing, or that the neo-Nazi Kiev usurper government is ‘democratic’).  In 2012, the Tory-LibDem ‘Coalition’ policy of the ruthless implementation of ‘Austerity’ was underway, causing untold misery and death amongst ordinary people.  This was the year the BBC decided to publish an article suggesting that sleeping for ‘8 hours’ was a myth.  This BBC edict seems to be a cynical attempt to justify ‘Austerity’, and designed to comfort those suffering in UK from stress, worries and fear associated with the ‘cuts’.  The entirely ‘fabricated’ nature of this article is exposed by its random and reaching nature.  It draws an association between the early 1990’s work of psychiatrist Thomas Wehr (vaguely ‘medical’), and a book published in 2005, entitled ‘At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past’ by historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech (entirely ‘speculative’).  This research (if correct) appears to suggest that humans rested for around 10 hours a night, comprising of two separate blocks of 4 hours of sleep, with a gap of one or two hours in-between.  I believe that Ekirch’s assumption – (that this change of sleep habit into a single 8-hour block) was initiated by the upper classes – is completely wrong and a biased reading of history.  My view is that humans in the past may well have had radically different sleep patterns (due primarily to pre-modern survival requirements), but that ‘Industrialisation’ took ordinary people into the hellish, unnatural and intense 16 hour shifts of the factory environment, and away from the ‘natural’ rhythm of a lifestyle that was closer to nature. After industrialised, the ordinary people worked so hard (and in such appalling conditions), that they slept unnaturally long as a means to try and ‘heal’ their exploited minds and bodies, between continuous and dangerous shifts around the unregulated machinery. with no break in the monotony or intense pressure.  The upper class had no social or environmental pressure to radically alter their lives of privilege (as everyone else did their work for them).  Human sleep patterns were transformed because of a change in environmental pressures – thus signifying a shift in evolutionary habit.  An interesting aside is that the Spanish habit of ‘Siesta’ might well be a throw-back to how most people in Europe (and elsewhere) used to sleep.

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