I haven’t been sleeping well of late. I’m an insomniac anyway so a bit hit and miss with my sleep patterns. Getting to sleep within an hour or so of going to bed is a minor miracle for me. I find a red wine or two helps (not too much though!) but I still often lie there for hours – which has been the case lately.
I do all of the right things – no caffeine in the afternoon or at night and (now I’m making an effort to be healthier) I’m not eating a huge meal just before bed. I have a warm bath earlier in the evening and TRY not to use the computer before bed.
Of course there are things I can’t change. My computer’s in my bedroom so I can’t use my bedroom ONLY for sleeping. Indeed I spend many MANY hours a day in my bedroom… but I still find my bed to be of comfort and a fave place.
My problem lately is that I’ve been stressing about stuff which I do know I can do NOTHING about in the middle of the night. But – at that time of night it seems urgent and catastrophic. I get myself into such a state that even my fave Jennifer Polle meditation / hypnosis recordings can’t help me relax.
Of course, the next morning I think about the same thing and am very #meh about it all and I can’t believe I was so freaked out the night before.
I’ve tried getting up and doing something towards the issue. For example… if I’m worrying about money or bills I’ll get up and search online for jobs or draft emails that I might (but never do) send businesses looking to write for them. Or if I feel I have a lot to do and stress about getting it done I’ll write a timetabled list. It possibly helps me feel a bit more in control or calmer but usually once I go back to bed the worrying recommences.
I know this isn’t just a ‘me’ thing and that it is actually quite common but does anyone have any suggestions?
How do you survive the Witching Hour?