Segmented Sleep is Okay

Everyone has been asking in the various empath groups I frequent about losing sleep, or waking during the ‘witching hour’ every night. I thought it might be helpful to learn a few snippets to ease your concern.

For me, I’ve found that I sleep best in two 2-4 hour blocks, with segment of wakefulness in-between. Because I work early, I will usually sleep from 9 PM, awaking somewhere in the middle of the night, say 1 AM-3 AM (give or take).

During the times when I’m awake, I do NOT look at the clock! I try to lie in bed quietly. I will interpret my dreams, or meditate. If you like, there are even phone apps with hypno sessions designed specifically for mid-night waking.

I learned, after 30 years of insomnia, that if I awoke, it was my concern/panic ABOUT being awake that was in fact, KEEPING ME AWAKE.

What you might be experiencing is known as “Segmented Sleep.” There are now plenty of scientists and researchers that argue this to be the “correct” way for a human to sleep.segmented-sleep2

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Segmented sleep, also known as divided sleep, bimodal sleep pattern, bifurcated sleep, or interrupted sleep, is a polyphasic or biphasic sleep pattern where two or more periods of sleep are punctuated by periods of wakefulness. Along with a nap (siesta) in the day, it has been argued that this is the natural pattern of human sleep. A case has been made that maintaining such a sleep pattern may be important in regulating stress.

Historian A. Roger Ekirch has argued that before the Industrial Revolution, segmented sleep was the dominant form of human slumber in Western civilization. He draws evidence from documents from the ancient, medieval, and modern world. Other historians, such as Craig Koslofsky, have endorsed Ekirch’s analysis.

Now there ARE people that have real insomnia. If you have true true insomnia, an imbalance in Serotonin or Melatonin can cause this. Talk to a physician for your best path. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a little while to discover what your best path is. Everyone is different.

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My story:

I was given the SSRI Paxil for insomnia/anxiety. Worked for a while, then stopped working. They piled on Trazodone. Stopped working.
Finally I got OFF of Paxil (*does celebration dance), took control of my life and health (food, exercise, depression)…..and one more thing. Ayahuasca. I went through 3 ceremonies with Grandmother, and have been sleeping ever since.

I am in┬áno way advocating use of any particular substance, I’m simply sharing my story. I believe that the reason it worked was not necessarily any substance itself, but my removal of FEAR. If I’m not panicked/anxious/depressed, I’m able to turn over and return to sleep peacefully.

Every now and again, when I’m stressed/depressed, or I drink a lot of alcohol/caffeine etc, I’ll have trouble sleeping that night. But if I keep up my healthy regimen, I sleep like a baby.

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