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.