on the number 8 and its alleged similarity to an erect infinity sign

2022-03-04  oliveoily

It's funny how the 8-hour workday and the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep split our day into even thirds This is true because 8 + 8 + 8 = 24 We know this can't be random. Surely one of the 8s came first and doomed us to contrive a symmetric way to divide our spare time. So which 8 came first? The National Sleep Foundation's most recent recommendation of 7-9 (i.e. 8) hours of sleep comes from a 2014 review paper (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2014.12.010) written by the National Sleep Foundation and published in the Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. In it, a panel of 18 experts were given 312 (see: 39 x 8) peer-reviewed articles to read and synthesize into a "recommended hours of sleep" for different age groups. Did I mention that 12 of the panel members were chosen by *stakeholder organizations*? Ex-NSF CEO Richard Gelula confessed to the Sacramento Bee in a 2018 interview that "[t]he largest single source of National Sleep Foundation funding is pharmaceutical..." This goes all the way to the top*. American Labor movements in North America were calling for an 8 hour work day as early as 1836. Some of the largest demonstrations in favor of an 8 hour workday were organized by the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor. This is actually what they called themselves and in 1886 they led 350,000 workers in a nationwide strike to bargain for 8 hour workdays. The scale of this demonstration is even more impressive when you consider that Alaska and Hawaii weren't even part of the Union back then. I guess that settles it! *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleep_Foundation#Controversies