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Insomnia Treatment
This one advocates using the bedroom only for sleep and sex.  

But there's a flaw not mentioned: it presupposes that everyone has somewhere else to be.  In America, the minimum wage generally doesn't pay for a one-bedroom apartment.  So where are people living?  Many are stuck in studios: one room with a bed, a kitchenette, and a tiny bathroom.  Most of those are about the size of a normal bedroom.  Obviously, someone who doesn't have a separate bedroom and living room cannot reserve the bedroom only for sleep and sex.  So the treatment is only feasible for people above a certain living standard, just as it is also feasible only for people able to establish a regular routine. 

Now flip it around.  What if the structure of living space raises the risk  of insomnia?  By forcing many people to live in or near their bed, society could be running up the rate of a ruinous health problem.  This could be right up there with things like artificial light and city noise as a contributing factor.  I'd love to see a study exploring whether housing size / shape makes any difference in rates of insomnia.  But to get away from the socioeconomic factors, you'd have to isolate a group of people for a while and then mix them around in different apartments.  That's hard.

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elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: October 12th, 2018 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
"What if the structure of living space raises the risk of insomnia? By forcing many people to live in or near their bed, society could be running up the rate of a ruinous health problem."

Or not, because after all, we didn't evolve with bedrooms separate from the rest of our living space. Artificial light is new, city noise is new, but most of humanity throughout most of human history have always slept in one-room dwellings with the rest of their family.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 12th, 2018 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

But we didn't spend so much alone in one room like that. Most people were out doing physically active things most of the day. Lots of people lived with families (which has its own sleep challenges) and in fact, put the bed away during the day.

Huh. I bet that would be another way to do it. If you had a Murphy bed, or a Japanese one, it doesn't stay available all day. Takes extra energy to put away, of course, but if the whole point is to remove temptation and associations, that's worth considering.
elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: October 13th, 2018 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

Putting the bed away would certainly be one option, or where that's not feasible, at least making the bed and not sitting or lying on it during the daytime.

Indeed, being physically active outdoors in the morning is one of the best ways of getting a good night's sleep. Not staring at a flickering screen (of any kind) in the evening is another. People who live alone in single rooms and don't have jobs or other reasons to get up in the morning would probably find both of these difficult to implement as well.

Here's an article that may interest you: Good sleep, good learning, good life.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 13th, 2018 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Most smart people can't justify going deeply into debt to buy a traditional 2-3 bedroom single-family house much less throwing their money away on apartment rentals for decades and that is the driving force behind the tiny house movement.
It's also the driving force behind the alternative housing movement.
Netflix has got a brand new TV series from England that discusses the alternative housing movement.
During one of the more fascinating episodes, a man converts a double-decker bus into a mobile home for his family as well as makes it handicapped accessible for his wife who was injured during a skydiving accident.
You might enjoy watching it too.
:^}
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 13th, 2018 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> Most smart people can't justify going deeply into debt to buy a traditional 2-3 bedroom single-family house much less throwing their money away on apartment rentals for decades <<

That's because neither is affordable anymore.

>> and that is the driving force behind the tiny house movement.
It's also the driving force behind the alternative housing movement. <<

These things can work, but not for everyone. If people don't have or want much stuff, it's fine. It works well for singles or childless couples, but the more people you add, the less well it works for most families. It works well for introverts with stationary hobbies (e.g. writers) and extroverts who spend most of their time out and about, but not for people who need space in order to recharge. Cramped housing is bad for all organisms, but what constitutes "cramped" is variable.

>> Netflix has got a brand new TV series from England that discusses the alternative housing movement.
During one of the more fascinating episodes, a man converts a double-decker bus into a mobile home for his family as well as makes it handicapped accessible for his wife who was injured during a skydiving accident.
You might enjoy watching it too. <<

Interesting. I spent a couple of long vacations in an RV with my parents, and that was awesome. I don't think I'd want to live that way all the time, though: not enough room for books and other resources.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 13th, 2018 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

"....but not for people who need space in order to recharge."
I'm one of those folks.
To make matters worse, I need room for all my stuff just like you.
2000-3000+ books take up a lot of space and so does my stockpile of fabric/patterns/sewing machines/etc.
This week, I've been up to the tip of my snout in my jewelry supplies putting new necklaces together. I was shocked at how much I've accumulated in the past few years I've been going "treasure hunting" over at the local Goodwill stores--two bushels easily.
:^}

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 13th, 2018 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>> To make matters worse, I need room for all my stuff just like you.
2000-3000+ books take up a lot of space and so does my stockpile of fabric/patterns/sewing machines/etc. <<

Yep. I have books, fabric, thread, craft supplies, a whole kitchen full of utensils and ingredients, etc. This takes a lot of room to store. But it means I usually have what I need for a project or an impromptu request.

>> This week, I've been up to the tip of my snout in my jewelry supplies putting new necklaces together. I was shocked at how much I've accumulated in the past few years I've been going "treasure hunting" over at the local Goodwill stores--two bushels easily.
:^} <<

Wow, that's a lot!
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 13th, 2018 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I like to tell people that I had a misspent youth whenever they ask me how I've managed to find so many goodies at the local Goodwills and other thrift stores over the years.

"Misspent" in that I "wasted" lots of my free time going to gem and mineral shows back when I was a teenager. I learned what a great many semi-precious stones look like thanks to the many nice folks at those shows.
Now, whenever I see something that's a real semiprecious stone rather than the usual junk that passes for jewelry, I buy it. I also buy good quality glass beads when I find them. The plastic and aluminum trash I leave behind.
I enjoy my treasure hunting.
:^)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 14th, 2018 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

That's not misspent, it's learning!
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 14th, 2018 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Exactly.
BUT--to the ignorant teenagers I was in school with, it was time "misspent" since it wasn't time spent doing things they considered "fun".
:^\
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 15th, 2018 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I knew people like that. But I considered their hobbies of screwing, drinking, and gossiping to be a waste of time.
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