Listening To SleepHarriet Fitch Little rounds up a selection of podcasts that set out to disprove Edgar Allan Poe's claim of sleep being "little slices of death."

Listening To SleepHarriet Fitch Little rounds up a selection of podcasts that set out to disprove Edgar Allan Poe's claim of sleep being "little slices of death."

Drawing on science and snakes, sleepwalkers and storytelling, these downloads are unlikely to help you drift off—but they’ll certainly enrich your understanding of what happens when you do.

Sleep and Your Screens, Not Friends
New Tech City, May 2014

This 15-minute episode of WNYC’s New Tech City (now Note To Self) is a concise primer for anyone interested in the fascinating and recently very fashionable theory that humans used to sleep in segmented increments. Host Manoush Zomorodi interviews Roger Ekirch, the academic who first uncovered references to “first sleep” and “second sleep” in historical texts, and Thomas Wehr, the psychiatrist who discovered similar patterns in sleep lab studies. Zomorodi’s zeal for the topic at hand makes it easy to forget that polyphasic sl...

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