I have insomnia!
It’s not consistent but it’s reliable. Every so often, I go through a phase where I just can’t go to sleep. And while I’m up, I stay up and I enjoy every minute of it. Sometimes, it gets to the point where I wonder if I deliberately sabotage my own sleep patterns just so I can have more free time at night.
- At night, I write poetry. Most of these nocturnal poems are really bad – so bad they will never be shared with anyone during daylight hours – but sometimes, I express my thoughts best in rhyme. Over the years, I’ve also penned some really cool compositions and if I check my time stamps, none of them have ever been written before midnight…
- I watch videos. I could watch an entire sitcom season on Hulu or Netflix between the hours of 10:00 and 4:30 am. And, 4:30 is a good time to be going to sleep, right?
- I read novels at night. Yeah, I have all these other ways to make time for reading but there’s something about waiting until there is quiet everywhere (or as quiet as it can be in Manhattan) and immersing yourself in a fictional world that someone created.
- iDream. So when you’re sleeping, dreams happen in the 4th sleep cycle – REM cycle. That happens after being out for about 90 minutes. Dreaming while you’re awake, however, can be achieved almost anytime. So why waste those 90 or so minutes of pre-sleep when you can just close your eyes and imagine the awesome life that you haven’t been able to achieve just get? Non-sleeping dreams can be just as delightful.
- I also make lists and plan all the awesome things I’ll do the next day. I’m not sure it’s logical to spend the night making a to-do list that I won’t have the energy to complete when I finally wake up in the morning but that’s what I do. But the capacity for rational thought isn’t really a characteristic of a sleep-deprived person.
Anyone else have trouble feeling sleepy sometimes? What do you do when you’re wide awake in the middle of the night?