When you can’t sleep

It’s 1:56am. I’ve been awake since about 12:30am. Why? I’m part insomniac – self diagnosed. I’m not a late night person, I get tired at precisely 9:30pm, but occasionally I can’t sleep. Occasionally enough for it to be very familiar to me.

Throughout my life I’ve struggled with sleep, since I was a little girl. I’ve always been so jealous of people who can just drop off effortlessly.

No wonder both my babies have been difficult sleepers.

If there is something special on the following day, when I need my sleep, often I can’t. When I’m worried about something, or when I’ve had a stressful day, I often can’t. Sometimes for no reason at all, I’m just awake – like now!

I come from a long line of bad sleepers, my Dad & my Nan both had trouble, and some of my cousins have had trouble too. (I hope I don’t pass it on to my girls, they sleep well now!)

What I’ve learned from my experience:

• When laying in bed, give thanks for all of your blessings (I usually do this before I get out of bed, hoping it will help me drop off)
• Pray for everyone you know & about every issue bothering you.
• Counting sheep, doesn’t work.
• Imagining a blank wall, doesn’t work.
• Listen to a meditation CD or try meditating on your own.
• If you can’t sleep within 30-60 minutes get up. Or if you’re starting to feel irritated, just get up!
• Write, draw, paint – the photo below is one I did years ago awake in the middle of the night. It’s one of the prettier ones.

wide awake• Get up & do stuff, I’ve cleaned the entire house in the middle of the night, I’ve also cooked.
• It’s a good time to iron; it’s practically the only time I will actually get the iron out.
• Go outside & look at the beautiful night sky, catch a falling star!
• Pay bills, (this might put you to sleep.)
• Try sleeping in another location, the lounge or another bed.
• Paint your nails! This is my prime nail painting time!
• Listen to the radio
• Watch cricket – I used to do this with my Dad as a kid. It was probably 10:30pm, but I thought it was the middle of the night.
• Have something to eat – my pick is peanut butter toast & milk. A full tummy can help you sleep.
• Use earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
• Sympathize with other bad sleepers, it really helps.
• Don’t stress, you may be tired tomorrow, but you survive & will sleep better tomorrow night.

Well I’m off to check out the night sky – apparently there is meteor showers expected this week & then I’ll give sleep another crack.

Good morning
(2:39am)

5 thoughts on “When you can’t sleep

  1. I was also told that you need to use your ‘thinking’ Brain ~ do your times tables (if you don’t know them by heart), count back by 7’s from 300 ~ anything where you have to think (that’s why counting sheets doesn’t work!) Give it a go and let me know ☺️

  2. I know exactly what you’re going through. I’ve been an insomniac all my life. It doesn’t matter if I exercise, or cook all day, or running after my pup, I get no sleep. Tired yes, but no sleep. My favorite tip is cleaning the house. I’ve done it loads of times when I can’t sleep. I do have a little OCD, but this definitely helps me sleep. I feel relaxed when the house is sparkling. And I get amazing sleep! Thanks for sharing this post. 🙂

    1. Mary thanks for your comment, you obviously know what it’s like! I agree having a clean, tidy home makes me feel better too. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! And at least after little sleep, the place looks great the next day. 😄

  3. This is a bit odd, but trying to envision a game of netball in detail sometimes helps me get to sleep (maybe it’s because it uses the ‘thinking brain’ like Jo said). I also try to remember something my mum once said, which was that resting is nearly as good for you as sleeping, so don’t worry too much if you can’t actually sleep.

    1. Maybe I’ll play the perfect game of netball next time. I’ve been practicing my times tables!

      I try not to worry, but it always annoys me! So jealous of easy sleepers 😄. Thanks Sar x

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