I slept in this morning.
Since starting work from home, I’ve noticed a peculiar thing happening. I get tired and go to bed around ten. Then, depending on whether or not I drank wine that evening, I wake up anywhere from four to six hours later. When I say “I wake up,” I mean that. I’m AWAKE.
So I get up, let Suki out, then fire up the computer and check email, read the news on G+ (that’s where I’m getting it lately, from people I have circled there), maybe do some research, even write or edit. Once, I even did a little book binding.
And then, an hour or two later, I go back to bed and return to sleep.
Sounds weird, huh? But I’ve been reading about sleep patterns lately, and apparently, the eight-hour night is a relatively new thing, foisted upon us by our modern workday. Read about it here.
Always, I’ve hated getting up to an alarm, and in winter, I hated getting up in the dark. It made me feel cranky and disoriented. I’ve been fortunate these last two or three years I could wake up naturally with the light and go to bed when I’m tired. I am much more rested and rarely feel the need for a nap during my natural bio downturn six hours after waking.
But the split night experience only started happening recently. I know it probably sounds odd to most of you, and I fought it at first, having been brainwashed into thinking I had to get eight straight hours of sleep every night or my head would explode, but it actually feels good to me now.
My brain can be quite active after my first few hours of sleep. Like I said, I can write or edit or even engage in mild physical labor such as book binding, and return to sleep with no difficulty.
If you ever get the chance to give it a try, do it and don’t freak out! This sleep pattern is apparently far more natural than we know.