Thank you Benjamin Franklin (1706-1690) for the quote that most of us remember, it helps that it rhymes. But he wasn’t the first one to think it and write it down. He just wrote it more simply than Aristotle’s translator.
“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”
– Aristotle (384BC – 322BC)
Aristotle also wrote about sleep in On Sleep and Sleeplessness in 350 BC read the translation in full here.
Not so sure of the need to get up before daybreak but getting a proper amount of sleep going to bed at a reasonable hour is the ideal. For some it’s not possible, shift workers, those with infants, illness… Just one good night’s sleep can make the world of difference. We often have the knowledge, we sometimes tend to not take the advice, that is all. Sometimes we don’t like being told what to do. We rebel because we can even to our detriment. In the moment we just don’t care. But we should. It’s our lives after all.
Have you ever had a marathon evening of watching the entire season of your favourite drama, then looking at the clock and realising that it’s three in the morning. The feeling the next day is like you are always trying to catch up and that if only you had had more sleep you wouldn’t feel like you head was full of static.
I bet I had you thinking for a moment that I actually ran! I used to run cross country many moons ago. Now I wonder how. The most active at the moment is walking. And I make sure to take myself out at least five times a week to get out and have fresh air and sun when it appears. The way the weather is at the moment you have to catch the sun in between showers or hail. The sky is blue for now out one window but it is raining and sunny out the other. The joys of winter madness.
We are all different. What is normal for one is abnormal for another. Some manage four hours sleep each night and to them that is normal, that to me is insane. I’m not assuming there are newborns in the house either. I am reading Anthony Doerr’s book Four Seasons in Rome and he talks about sleeplessness and coping with newborn twins. Sporadic sleep would make anyone grumpy or at least an excuse to be so.