Am I an Empath? how definitive are the online tests?
Sleep issues for a new empath is another confirmation of what you are. In fact, if you weren't having sleeping issues as a new empath I would be surprised. Here are a few thoughts on that:
1) As I've noted, empaths all have different skill sets and ernergy range sensitivities. Some empaths mostly feel people energy when they are in close range (like in a home, in a building etc...). While others also feel energy from across town or even across the world. Quite a few empaths on this site have been so connected to a family member that they will pick up on their pain energy from 10,000 miles away. So it's all over the board where you can get it from.
2) A high percentage of empaths are night owls. I personally feel a caffeine like jolt after about 10PM each night that makes it very hard to get sleepy later when I do want to go to bed. The theory on this is that when the world is up and awake, our empath minds are very busy receiving and assessing human energy signals. It can be very exhausting. When people go to bed their conscious minds shut off as they drift off to dreamland, and your empath brain is dealing with a lot less signals. Instead of being exhausted, we become energized and happy late at night as humans switch off. In my case my mind and body are feeling a great weight shifted off me when others go to bed. And it feels good and I want to stay up and get some "me time".
3) Empathy is all about managing energy. When you take in a lot of people energy, that energy has no where to go without you directing it. Some very experienced empaths are adept at blocking unwanted people energy. Others are good at immediately pushing unwanted energy out of their bodies just as fast as it came in. But for the rest of us, we have to practice grounding where we at the end of the day go through a process of pushing that unwanted energy out of us (through meditation, salt baths, and a variety of other methods). If you go to bed with all of that energy bound up in you, it's going to preoccupy your mind and keep you awake.
4) A newly realized or awakened empath is usually going to have chakras that are too wide open. That means that you are taking in too much people energy (also know as "having the volume on high"). This causes wild mood swings, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression (to name a few). Through grounding meditations you can learn to push unwanted energy out of you while also helping realign your overactive chakras. This brings you back into balance and makes it easier to be out in the world. And sleeping soundly becomes much easier.
On another note, there are definitely people with psychic abilities that allow them to comunicate with animals. That's always a possibility. Although my guess is that you're going through pretty typical empath energy overload. Especially with all the people you interact with at your day job. We just need to get you to start grounding yourself and you'll feel a lot better.
updated by @hop-daddy: 04/24/19 04:18:23PM