Roenneberg argued that our modern lives are so far estranged from the circadian rhythms of life that our bodies get confused. Furthermore, we tend to treat sleep as an inconvenience, rather than a health necessity. As he put it, “Sleep has not been put out there by evolution as a time when we’re lazy. … It’s a time when we’re preparing to be extremely active.”
As for me, I’m with Roenneberg. I’m all for sleep, and lots of it. Now if I could just convince my daughter to get on board. Or maybe I should give up, and start keeping the “night watch” along with her. I could start a new parenting trend. I think I’ll call my book, “If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em.”
Emily F. Popek is assistant editor of The Daily Star. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.