A good night of sleep is one of the most comforting things I have ever experienced. Passing out the night before, and waking up the morning after by the sound of my alarm. Nevertheless, there has been many nights in which I would wake up having recurring thoughts. In my personal case, most of the times, thoughts about work. Through trial and error I have come up with tactics that had helped me to go back to sleep.
What has consistently worked in the past? Open my Kindle and go back to that science fiction (sci-fi) novel that I have been reading. I would go through some pages, and the next thing I realize is that my Kindle is falling towards my chest – me catching it in a reflex. Then I know it is time to close my eyes.
What other things have worked? Put myself inside of bed and start to think about the current scenario of the sci-fi novel that I read in the past days. I would close my eyes and set myself next to the characters and live what they were doing. Those are usually my last thoughts.
What worked last night? For a few days my fiance and I talked about making Dalgona. We were really excited, and schedule it for Saturday’s morning. As it has happened many timers, I woke up in the middle of the night trying to figure out a decision in our current experiments. Almost automatically – I was quite lucky this time – my mind switched to thinking about what would be the steps to make Dalgona. And how much fun that would be doing it with my fiance (it was actually a lot of fun). The next thing, my alarm.
When I wake up in the middle of the night with recurring thoughts, I will try not to fight them (i.e. trying not to thinking about them). I will pick up my Kindle and tune to the current sci-fi on my reading list. Or, not read it, but steer my thoughts into the sci-fi world – like if I am living the scenarios. A most recent action that worked was to think about the fun activities of the next morning.
(photo by Attila Gyurman)
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