Wake Me U p When
Andrew Borde wrote in praise of a balanced regimen of sleep, in the following terms:
Sleep improved the digestion, refreshed the memory, nourished the blood ... and comforted all the natural, animal, and spiritual powers. Immoderate sleep, on the other hand, moistened and lightened the brain, was bad for epilepsy and other infirmities of the head, hindered memory and quickness of wit, and perturbed the natural, animal and spiritual powers of man. Besides, immoderate sleep led to sinning, brevity of life, and displeased God.
This, written in 1576, in his postmedieval medical treatise entitled A Compendious Regiment, or Dietarie of Health.
As was mentioned in Chapter 1, Karl H. Dannenfeldt surveyed the theory and practice regarding sleep in the late Renaissance, and published his historical survey in 1986. From that study as well as other historical documentation, it becomes obvious that progress in man's understanding of the world around him often rests on a foundation built from fantasies and projections of how he thinks the world operates. As such, these constructs are in need of constant revision, as our data base and knowledge bank ex