Roger Ekirch

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Roger Ekirch
Ekirch in 2012
Born (1950-02-06) February 6, 1950 (age 73)
Academic work
InstitutionsVirginia Tech

Arthur Roger Ekirch (born February 6, 1950) is University Distinguished Professor of history at Virginia Tech in the United States.[1] He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1998.

The son of intellectual historian Arthur A. Ekirch Jr. and Dorothy Gustafson,[2] Roger Ekirch is internationally known for his pioneering research into pre-industrial sleeping patterns that was first published in "Sleep We Have Lost: Pre-Industrial Slumber in the British Isles"[3] and later in his award-winning 2005 book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past.[4][5][6][7]

Selected publications[edit]


  • "Poor Carolina": Politics and society in Colonial North Carolina, 1729–1776, University of North Carolina Press, 1981.
  • Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718–1775, Oxford University Press, 1987.
  • At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, W.W. Norton, 2005.
  • Birthright: The True Story of the Kidnapping of Jemmy Annesley, W.W. Norton, 2010.
  • American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution, Pantheon, 2017.
  • La Grande Transformation du Sommeil: Comment la Revolution Indsustrielle a Boulverse Nos Nuits, Editions Amersterdam, 2021.


  • "Sleep We Have Lost: Pre-Industrial Slumber in the British Isles", The American Historical Review, 2001.
  • "The Modernization of Western Slumber: Or, Does Insomnia Have a History?", Past & Present, 2015.
  • "Segmented Sleep in Preindustrial Societies", Sleep, 2016.
  • "What Sleep Research Can Learn From History", Sleep Health, 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A. Roger Ekirch". Department of History, Virginia Tech. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Arthur A. Ekirch Jr. (1915-2000) | Perspectives on History | AHA". Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  3. ^ ""Sleep We Have Lost" Commentary". Department of History, Virginia Tech. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Gideon Lewis-Kraus (July 24, 2005). "'At Day's Close': The Dark Ages". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Review: At Day's Close by A Roger Ekirch | Books". The Guardian. July 30, 2005. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Gorvett, Zaria (January 10, 2022). "The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps'". BBC Future. Archived from the original on January 10, 2022.
  7. ^ Hegarty, Stephanie (February 22, 2012). "The myth of the eight-hour sleep". BBC News. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014.

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