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M.I.S.S. Muses: Embracing Insomnia

Recently, I’ve found myself wide awake at 2 am. As I’ve become more aware of it, it turns out that most nights I’m wide awake in the middle of the night and nothing makes me tired. I have tried relaxation methods, I have made sure I clear my mind, I’ve tried to do all the things that normally make me sleepy. After being frustrated that my sleep schedule was off, I finally decided to take it for what it is and make it work for me.

A few weeks in of trying to reset my inner clock and making sure I was properly prepping myself for sleep, I decided to go in a different direction. Since I was feeling alert in the night and staying awake well into the morning, why not get up and be productive? So, I started crossing off things on my to-do list. I cleaned, sent emails, organized, made more lists for tomorrow/later today. I started powering through things, and after a few hours, I was ready for bed. I’d get things done and sleep later than I would normally like, but I felt like the morning hours I missed were already made up for from the night before.

After a while, I started to get into a rhythm. I’d go through my day, go on with my night, wind down a bit, and when I wasn’t going to go to sleep, get up and do some more. Then I’d sleep, get up, and start all over again. But the best part of it was, I felt free. Sure, I would rather go to sleep and get up at normal hours to function within the business world, but I was happy to let go of frustration and make do with what I have. The moment I accepted my sleeping is the way it is was the moment I got power to do what I want with it.

What’s there in your life that you wish was different? Consider there might be a way to embrace it and make it work.

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2 Responses to “M.I.S.S. Muses: Embracing Insomnia”

  1. C_Rocka C_Rocka says:

    It is hard to get back with into a sleep schedule but I started making a bed time for myself. I also like you did lists and would either draw or write down things from the day to clear my mind.

    Occasionally I still wake up in the middle of the night wide-awake and I just start working until I get sleepy. I feel like it distracts you from thinking, “Oh my gosh WHY CAN’T I FALL ASLEEP?!” or “I need to be up in 3hrs just fall asleep!!”

  2. Queen of Bows QueenofBows says:

    Miss Rocka,
    Yes. I think soon enough I’ll have to start a bedtime program and sleep train myself. Right now it works, but in a while I’ll have to function for morning hours so I’ll need to adjust to it.
    Good point on distracting from the thoughts. . . I think it’s more the wasted energy and frustration of not sleeping that’s the worst. So I’m into being productive or not, but accepting it either way.


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