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    This idea just hit me so I'm prety excited about it :P

    What do ya guys(and gals :P) think that will happen to the normal sleeping
    patterns of Humans and other non-nucturnal animals on Earth if something
    will happen to Earth and it'll suddenly start to spin at a rate of 48 hrz/cycle??

    Will us Humans and those animals adapt to the change and will eventually stay awake 24 hrz/"new day"??

    And also, who do ya think if the same thing happens but the Earth will spin
    at a rate of 10days/cycle??

    Will we eventually adapt to being awake like 5-7 days and sleep the rest?


    plzzzzzz answer!! I wanna hear the replies


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    Ask the Alaskans and Canadians way up north what they do during the summer when the sun doesn't set.


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    yah but it's tottaly different as they have days that last for months...
    I'm talking about change from 24 hr days to 48 hr days...

    I mean... what if the Earth was spinning at rate of 48 hrs/day(and night) for like 10,000 years, we'll be forced to adapt to it, won't we??
    It cant be that 24 hr/day is the default time that was set for us... if we lived
    for so and so years on other planet then our time patterns would of been different...
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    I think the first thing that would go would be the idea that a person is either sleeping or awake, with no gradations in between.

    In a way this is a modern concept. We want to be fully active until late at night, then lie down in bed and expect our body to suddenly 'switch off' (which often doesn't work that way, hence a lot of sleeping problems) and in the morning we expect everything to suddenly 'switch on' again (and use coffee to get our body on its feet if it's too slow). Fully awake, deep at sleep, and fully awake again with no gradations in between.
    In documentaries about isolated peoples it seems they often live in a different rythm, with less deep sleep at night (too dangerous with predators around) but a lot of half-sleep during the day. From WW2 books I get the impression that soldiers in a combat zone also live more like this. Perhaps it also applies to a lot of animal species.

    If days would suddenly become a lot longer I think people would start adding 'half-sleep' periods throughout the day, to restock their energy. Just hanging around, no thoughts, staring at the horizon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    I think the first thing that would go would be the idea that a person is either sleeping or awake, with no gradations in between.

    In a way this is a modern concept. We want to be fully active until late at night, then lie down in bed and expect our body to suddenly 'switch off' (which often doesn't work that way, hence a lot of sleeping problems) and in the morning we expect everything to suddenly 'switch on' again (and use coffee to get our body on its feet if it's too slow). Fully awake, deep at sleep, and fully awake again with no gradations in between.
    In documentaries about isolated peoples it seems they often live in a different rythm, with less deep sleep at night (too dangerous with predators around) but a lot of half-sleep during the day. From WW2 books I get the impression that soldiers in a combat zone also live more like this. Perhaps it also applies to a lot of animal species.

    If days would suddenly become a lot longer I think people would start adding 'half-sleep' periods throughout the day, to restock their energy. Just hanging around, no thoughts, staring at the horizon.
    Sounds like how I sleep except for the sleep during the day. I always feel 'alert' and can even hear people speaking to me when I am dreaming. Though I expect I do go fully asleep, some times stuff happens in the night I remain unaware of, but it's rare. I am a very light sleeper. I can't sleep with light or noise. Hence can't sleep when in hospital. Once a 7 day stay in hospital resulted in my being awake for the entire period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    I think the first thing that would go would be the idea that a person is either sleeping or awake, with no gradations in between.

    In a way this is a modern concept. We want to be fully active until late at night, then lie down in bed and expect our body to suddenly 'switch off' (which often doesn't work that way, hence a lot of sleeping problems) and in the morning we expect everything to suddenly 'switch on' again (and use coffee to get our body on its feet if it's too slow). Fully awake, deep at sleep, and fully awake again with no gradations in between.
    In documentaries about isolated peoples it seems they often live in a different rythm, with less deep sleep at night (too dangerous with predators around) but a lot of half-sleep during the day. From WW2 books I get the impression that soldiers in a combat zone also live more like this. Perhaps it also applies to a lot of animal species.

    If days would suddenly become a lot longer I think people would start adding 'half-sleep' periods throughout the day, to restock their energy. Just hanging around, no thoughts, staring at the horizon.

    Isn't the siesta a cultural sleep behaviour that is the result of environment? I thought that the midday heat at certain latitudes has resulted in the modification of sleep patterns because it isn't possible to function normally at that time of day. As a result, in Spain they eat evening meals much later than 'normal' and night sleep patterns are likewise adjusted.

    I have lived several weeks on a routine of 2 to 3 hours sleep, 1 hour on guard duty rotation and like you say, grabbed combat zeds when I could - in the long run its debilitating, but adrenaline is a great cure for that

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