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.
• 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.