Why does insomnia increase our creativity?

23 December, 2015

We find the answer in prolactine, a hormone segregated during sleep and when we wake up. It helps us feel peaceful and quiet but it also increases our productivity. Actually, rumour has it the Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun used to write at 3a.m. after a short sleep.

He wasn’t the only one, tho. During the 90s, psichiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted a research concluding that, before artifitial light, human beings used to sleep twice during the night. This is known as segmented sleep, a theory that other researchers such as Rofer Ekirch also support.

Apparently, back in the day people used to go to bed just after the sun went down and slept for three or four hours. After that, they would wake up to some leisure activities such as reading, writing or praying. They would take a few hours on this and then went back to bed till the sunrise.

However, after the democratization of electric power, bedtime started to be postponed over and over. People stopped having that feeling of insecurity related to the lack of sunlight. The evening became a great time for going out and interacting with other people, so we stopped sleeping twice a night.

What can your g!sleep mode tell about your sleep routine? Are you the sleepyhead type or do you make the most out of your creative momentum?

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