There are many people out there who are struggling to overcome their insomnia. Most people wake up in the middle of the night and find it very difficult to go back to sleep. Some find it impossible. It’s worth noting that there are actually many types of insomnia. You might not be able to go to sleep, wake up during the night or wake up too early in the morning. But most people just wake up at night, especially as they get older. This is mostly because sleep becomes lighter and the bladder calls for a bathroom break more frequently.
However, there is something that not many people might know, and it’s called the Victorian sleep. During the pre-industrial times, people would go to bed when it got dark outside. They would sleep for a few hours and then wake up, at about 3 AM. During this time, which lasted for about one hour, they would do their ordinary chores, enjoying intimacy or even visiting friends. After that, they would go back to bed for their “second sleep” which lasted until morning. According to professor Roger Ekirch, everything changed when the industrial age arrived along with the electric lights.
The interesting Victorian sleeping pattern
So, once they had light, they no longer needed to go to bed as soon as it got dark outside. They would go to sleep much later and therefore the “second sleep” disappeared. People finally began sleeping for the entire night. This is why some people nowadays see this as a sleeping issue, but it was once the normal sleeping pattern.
It’s also worth noting that research has shown that this biphasic sleeping pattern might actually be a lot healthier and natural for the human body. Each sleep has its purpose as it repairs the body, sorts memories and it processes the events of the day. So, maybe this schedule could help fight insomnia? It may all depend on each individual.
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