The Peace and Quiet of Night

I love being the only one awake at night.  There’s something especially peaceful about being the only one awake.  I’m not sure why, but I can be very productive at night.  It feels different than the day for some reason.  Maybe it’s the cozy feeling I get from nothing but darkness showing outside my windows.  Maybe it’s because I don’t hear my neighbor using a leaf blower or cars driving by.  Whatever the reason, I love being alone at night.

I recently read an article that said I might not have insomnia.  The article makes the argument that humans are wired to wake up in the middle of the night for an hour or so, then go back to sleep, essentially sleeping in two four hour shifts.  That would explain why I curse 4:30 a.m. more often than not!

I wonder how it would work for me to get up when I wake in the middle of the night and find something to do for an hour, then go back to bed.  I’m thinking about giving it a go.  The article makes the argument that it’s easier to remember dreams that way.  I like remembering my dreams (though I don’t often) because I’ve gotten some interesting stories from dreams.

Here’s the link to the original article:

2 comments on “The Peace and Quiet of Night

  1. Charlotte says:

    “The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic.” – I wonder how in the world they managed to discover that? It’s not like you can interview a crop of sleepers from the eighteenth century. Intriguing.

    I actually hate it when I wake up at night, but only because I have anxiety about not getting enough sleep. Pertinent quote here: “He also inferred that modern humans are chronically sleep-deprived” – I think this is true, because there’s always the sense that sleeping takes up time we don’t really have to spare.

    If I manage to forget to worry about not sleeping, I like the night hours too. It’s a dreamy sort of experience. The world feels transformed, and everything that crowds up the day seems a long way away. It’s easier to imagine yourself in some other world.

    • doreeweller says:

      I was wondering the same thing about biphasic sleep… I’d never heard that before, and you’d think the theory would have come up a time or two. But it is an interesting thing to think about.

      I look at it this way… if I wake in the middle of the night, I’m likely to be up for an hour tossing and turning anyway. Why not creep downstairs and make use of that time, even if it’s only to go outside and look at the stars?

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