When the Night Goes on Forever Coping with Insomnia

When the Night Goes on Forever Coping with Insomnia

Posted 2015-10-29 by Justine lovittfollow
Had too much caffeine Stressed Or cant sleep and you dont know why Heres some ideas to get you through the long night. Image courtesy of 2nix at freedigitalphotos.net


Have you had the experience of either not being able to sleep at all, or waking from slumber prematurely? Tonight is such a night for me! It was about 11.30 p.m I awoke and it’s still only 1.30 in the morning.

Normally, this is a sign I do not really need the extra sleep for a particular reason. For example, this evening I went to sleep at what seems a ridiculous time, 6.30 p.m – however I was exhausted and listened to my body.

Tonight, unfortunately, is different. My body and my drooping eyes are giving me all the signals that I need further sleep. However, after about six attempts sleep continues to elude me.
Frustratingly I realise it’s going to be ‘one of those nights’ where the clock will go oh so slowly until morning comes.

To make things more difficult, being the middle of the night means I can’t do a lot of things to fill in the time until morning because of noise that will wake my neighbours – for example television, jumping around to my Zumba dvd and doing a workout!
I cannot say, but I am guessing many of us have experienced insomnia before, which is resistant to attempts to feel soporific once again.

Anyway, this is not the first time I’ve experienced unwanted wakefulness at an inopportune time. For others that have had similar experiences, I thought I might share some ideas of how to fill in time until the sky lightens and the birds herald the beginning of morning.

1. Read a book. I have found that the concentration required to read can have the effect of making me feel drowsy.

2. Crossword puzzles, Suduko – again the puzzles may wear you out because of the strenuous thinking involved.

3. For selfavenue-ers, write an article! You can make the most of this time, while you don't have any other expectations upon you! (Yes, there's always a positive!)

4. You may find some experience of rest by just closing your eyes and focussing on your breathing. Clear your mind of any thoughts and try to create a state of ‘mental stillness’.

5. Search the web: I am not going to pretend I personally feel I have the energy when I’m an insomniac of searching for anything that worthwhile! However, many people may have time to do a google search of anything. Hey, it’s the middle of the night. Even hop onto facebook and reply to those messages you don’t have time to during the day.

6. Have a hot shower. It is unlikely that this will wake the neighbours. This may induce a state of drowsiness which may even give you the sleep you need.

7. Don’t keep looking at the clock – I have found the night just goes slower.

8. If you have one of those mindful colouring in books, this can be a worthwhile time to colour in. The relaxed feeling that I find often results from this activity can help me feel peaceful, which may be a prelude to sleep.

9. Often, when I am experiencing insomnia, frustratingly I continue to feel tired, though sleep will not come. In such cases, I am not sleeping nor have the mental energy to awaken to a sufficient degree to do the above exercises. If you can relate to this, you may have the patience to close your eyes. Unfortunately I find my mind keeps going and the night can seem interminable.

10. Finally, don’t force sleep. When you try to hard to sleep and it continues to evade you, this can cause feelings of anxiety and frustration, exacerbating the problem. If you think about it, is sleep ever really forced? I find anyway that it just occurs naturally at some point and I am not aware of the time the unconscious state of slumber falls upon me.

We all experience insomnia time to time. Don’t worry too much even if it doesn’t dissipate giving rise to sleep. Your body’s innate wisdom knows when and how much sleep you need. Trust that if you close your eyes, or preoccupy yourself with another activity if your body knows it needs sleep, it will come.




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