The witching hour

Are you waking up throughout the night, staring at the clock only to find it’s 3 am? Spooky, right?

The witching hour stems back to an occult belief that the usual Halloween characters are out to play during a particular time of the night. However, waking up throughout the night is not as spooky as it may seem. Research has found evidence from recent history that suggests a period of wakefulness throughout the night was actually quite normal and commonly practiced in many cultures up until the late 19th century.

There are cultures in today’s society that still practice a type of segmented sleep, albeit less obvious, such as siestas. There is also a belief that certain bodies are naturally made to have segmented sleep, and this may be the reason behind sleep disorders such as sleep maintenance insomnia.

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