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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