It turns out that sleep is a scam — or at least the way most Americans sleep.
TikToker Robin He is a sleep expert. She responded to a prompt from another user who asked, “What scam has become so normal that we don’t realize it’s a scam anymore?” Next, Rubin dropped some knowledge about how people in the United States sleep wrongly.
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Robin linked our eight-hour sleep cycle to capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.
“We’re not actually used to sticking to an eight-hour sleep schedule,” she said explained. “We used to sleep twice; they were called the first sleep and the second sleep.”
People would get up early, get their work done, take a nap, and then resume their day refreshed. Countries like Spain, Taiwan, and Greece still practice naps, or midday naps.
When the workers of the nineteenth century mobilized in labor movements against exploitation by their superiors, they had clear requestEight hours of work, eight hours of leisure, eight hours of rest.
Divide this day into three equal parts as an alternative to working 12 to 14 hours a day (six days a week). Thus the eight-hour sleep cycle was a compromise for workers with capitalism. In 1940, the Fair Labor Standards Act formally limited the work week to 40 hours.
But Americans today know that their bosses have found ways to get around those legal constraints with contract workers, temporary employees, freelancers, and salaried workers.
according to International Study By the Rand Corporation, overburdening people to the point of sleep deprivation has the opposite effect on increased productivity and profits. Ultimately, the effects of sleep deprivation result in the United States losing the equivalent of 1.2 million working days per year or approximately $411 billion in GDP. In fact, a lot of Recent data He suggests that America may be “the most stressful developed country in the world”.
“The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. system we have in our capitalist society has worked so effectively that we don’t get as much sleep as we need,” Robin He said.
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