Three A.M. Wide awake. If I had a sheet of 1” plywood in the house, I’d be under the kitchen sink, replacing the floor of the cabinet. Home Depot should be open 24-7. What good is having two sleeps if you can’t use the awake time between them for home repair projects?
8 hour sleeping is a modern invention.
Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. You blow out your candles and fall asleep to the smell of the wax and the wick, which gently fills the air around your bed. Some hours pass. 2:30 AM. You awaken, grab your coat, and visit the neighbors because they, too, are up. Doing quiet reading, prayer, or even having sex. Well, apparently before the age of electricity, sleeping twice a night was completely ubiquitous.
Back in those times, we slept twice a night, getting up for an hour or two for recreation before heading back to bed until dawn.
If you’re awake and not in the middle of wallpapering the living room or retiling the bathroom, read the whole article on “bi-modal” sleep at disinformation.
Me, I’m going to do what I usually do between sleeps, browse the internet finding articles that further depress me then go back to bed and lie there for a while staring at the ceiling and regretting every decision I ever made.
Unless there’s a can of semi-gloss out in the garage. The hallway is looking a little dingy.