About a week ago, the BBC posted a report about how sleeping solidly (or trying to, at least) through the night is a relatively modern invention. There is some evidence to suggest that in the past it was very common for people to sleep for a few hours, wake up and do something else, then go back to sleep.
In response, they posted another piece, this time about modern people who don’t try to sleep through the night, and how they spend the hours in between their first sleep and their second. The answers are interesting. One practices yoga, another paints, and two spend the time praying.
I’m quite lucky and usually sleep very well and uninterrupted. I like it like that! I wouldn’t want to be getting up in the middle of the night, however productive I could be as a result.