Recently I read a report on the subject of sleep, or probably more accurately the lack of it. (click here to read the article) Many of us believe we need a good solid eight hours of sleep to be able to function well the next day. There is, however, a gathering body of evidence to show that for some this is not necessarily so.
There are numerous studies that indicate for some a broken sleep pattern, bi-modal or bi-phasic sleeping works. Put simply it means that if you wake in the night, don’t panic and lie there thrashing around, get up and do something. Have a warm drink, not caffeine based though and don’t put on the main lights as this will really wake you up too much. Then, when you start to get sleepy again head back to bed and enjoy the next phase.
Since reading many interesting articles that the BBC one sparked I have been comforted by the fact that my nocturnal habits are not unique. There is a whole bunch of people out there that are also enjoying the creativity that being awake in the wee hours of the night brings.
I love the night sounds and smells – right now the air is heavy with the scent of the coffee bushes in flower and the crickets are chirping in the undergrowth, occasionally a mango crashes through the leaves and thuds on the ground beneath. Once the hustle and bustle of the day starts it is more difficult to notice these subtle things – so I, for one heartily embrace my between-sleep time when it happens.