It’s been a long time since ‘lunch is for wimps’ was said in earnest.
We are softer now, aren’t we? The current obsession is sleep. Are any of us getting enough?
A cursory browse through ‘leadership’ blogs, or tips from high achievers, still reveals
- Daily ‘gym by 5.00 am’ badges of honour.
- The sleep message hasn’t really got through yet.
- The deep association of not needing to rest and being successful seems to be hard to shift.
Or perhaps it’s not about a need to achieve at all.
Perhaps ‘sleep’ becomes less ‘valued’ than a simple sense of ‘at last, this is my time away from them…’
Perhaps there is no other time to escape.
An article in The Atlantic this month suggests we may not be alone. Animals are experiencing sleep disruption too.
The article describes how over the last few years a nocturnal shift has occurred in many mammals. From antelope in Tanzania to elephants in Mozambique, mammals that had once roamed primarily in the day are now roaming at night.
The reason? To escape humans.
The pattern can be seen apparently in dozens of species that come into regular contact with humans.
It could be called an avoidance strategy on a vast scale.
Are 21st century human beings trying to do the same?