I was reading about the sleep cycle options today, wondering how I fit into the various models. I hate going to sleep and hate waking up. I don't have insomnia--I just have stuff to do.
Others have considered the same issue, and I liked the visual for the different sleep cycle options:
The reason I'm writing about this is simple: if you don't get the right amount of sleep, your life isn't a whole lot of fun, and your health also suffers. However, most of us with kids have lived through at least the Biphasic and possibly the Everyman from the pictures above. Is it therefore unhealthy to be parents? Or, as some suggest, are alternative sleep schedules more natural for humans?
One source I found said that northern European people before the advent of electricity may have gone to bed when the sun went, then woke up for a time during the night, before sleeping again, which would result in different sleep schedules based on time of year. Maybe, but why and what were they doing for a few hours in the middle of the night?
If you have a little one and who wakes you up once or twice during the night and you're worried that nobody's ever gone through it before, you're not entirely correct. However, since the advent of the nuclear family in America, the responsibility has fallen directly on only two people (one in the fairly popular case of a single mom), and you can imagine that having the entire family around to help might have been useful sometimes.