Sleeping in the Float Tank


sleeping in a float tank

Last night I fell asleep in my Float Tent.  I’ve heard of people sleeping in the tank before, but this is the first time I have.  I’d had a long day at work and was very tired.  I felt like I was still too wound-up to fall asleep, I had a small glass of wine and still didn’t feel relaxed.  So, I decided to float.  It is not recommend that people float after consuming alcohol.

Most of my floats  tend to be just under one hour, so that’s what I was expecting.  I quickly relaxed and felt my brain go into defrag mode.  That is how I explain the feeling of my mind in the tank/tent.  My thoughts kind of feel like they are flickering on and off – almost a strobe effect (I suspect it is when Theta waves are dominate in my brain).  I image my mind filing and organizing all my experiences from the day.  Defragging my brain, getting it organized.

I quickly drifted off,  I felt myself jolt awake a few times.  Like when you are dreaming and shake yourself awake.  But, it is different in the tank.  When I jolt awake it is like I wasn’t totally in my body – I sort of have the experience of me slowly sinking back in the body (if that makes any sense).  I find it difficult to fully put into words what happens in the tank.  I was in there two hours, but if felt like about 20 minutes.

Nothing always happens in the tank.  And, in today’s world nothing never happens.  We are a constantly plugged in and rarely do we get a chance to be away from everything.  I’ve yet to experience anything that could remotely be described a psychedelic, but I have a calm focus that seems to persist for days after a float.  My life seem to flow just a bit easier, maybe I don’t try and fight what happens in my day?

I don’t see the float tank as a replacement for sleep, but I feel it increase the quality of my sleep.  On nights I float before sleeping, I tend to remember more of my dreams and feel more rested upon waking.

Have you slept in a float tank/float tent?  What did you think about it?  I’d love to hear about it.

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