Good Sleep, Essential to Sanity, Isn’t What We Think It Is


The New York Times reviews theories of what good sleep is, showing that the idea of a solid eight hours is a recent and, perhaps, unnatural development that may result in unrealistic and anxiety-provoking expectations of our nightly rest. Given a natural cycle of daylight, away from modern life, the body naturally falls into a cycle that includes two distinct periods of sleep in a night, leaving time in the middle for quiet thought, conversation, or other healthy forms of socializing.

Article → Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
Given the well-established close relationship between sleep and mental health, this seems like important information.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].