Sleepless Nights

Monday, August 10, 2015

Do you ever have those nights? The kind where you're so tired, you get tucked into bed, fall asleep and then within a couple of hours its like someone set off the alarm in your head and suddenly you're ready to start your day. Except you can't, because its two in the morning and you don't have to be awake for at least another five hours. Those are the absolute worst, and it's what I experienced last night. I went to sleep around nine-thirty but for some reason right around two in the morning I was wide awake. I felt bad because I tried adjusting myself, thinking maybe I just needed to get a little more comfortable but it was to no avail and all that I was accomplishing was waking up Daniel. Then I tried staying as still as possible instead, which just got my mind racing as opposed to my body moving. I checked my phone, had some water, checked my phone again and got to the point where I just wanted to cry. I needed sleep, my body needed sleep, but it just wasn't going to happen.

I have to think that there is a better way to handle those sleepless nights than the way last night went. I mean if anything, I should be trying to be as productive as possible, right? My brain is going a million miles an hour so I should be too. But the only problem there is that eventually the night hours will run out and I'll be left exhausted for the rest of the day. So, what in the world am I supposed to do? Here are some things I might try next time I'm having a sleepless night.

One :: Read something. As much as I love reading, it definitely makes me a little sleepier. I've already got my handy dandy book light on the bedside table and maybe picking up a book and reading for a few minutes might help me fall back asleep.

Two :: Have a snack. I'm pretty sure that it goes against a lot of 'healthy' rules to eat past seven or eight at night. But trying to sleep when you're even a little hungry is really hard. Especially when your stomach is making noises louder than that alarm in your head. Grab a small snack that you can eat that won't make you feel yucky in the morning when you wake up, but will be enough to still fill you up so you can get some sleep.

Three :: Make a cup of tea or heat up some milk. I personally go in the tea direction, as milk at any temperature makes me feel a little sick. But choosing a type of tea like chamomile is a great choice for something to make you feel a little sleepier.

Four :: Actually get something done. Maybe the reason you're not sleeping is that you have too much to do and a lot on your mind. If you feel up to it, maybe get something done. Knocking one thing off your checklist could truly help you to ease your mind a little bit, but check it again in the morning to make sure that your half-sleeping self didn't do anything crazy!

Five :: Try sleeping somewhere else. Maybe your bed is the most comfortable place on one night, but the next it just won't cut it. Try the couch, or a guest room. Maybe switching a mattress or pillow would give you a better nights rest.

Six :: If all else fails, make yourself a big bowl of popcorn and watch Netflix movies till morning. You might be tired all day but at least your heart will be happy and full after hours of binge-watching.

That last option is my personal favorite.
I'm lucky because I don't have these nights too often. But next time i'm struggling to get some sleep I'm hoping that some of these tips will make it a little easier. 

1 comment

  1. Yes I struggle with this too! I usually have a cup of tea and try to get back to sleep.


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