inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
I don’t like to say I have insomnia, my notion of insomnia is someone who can’t sleep at all and is up all night long however based on the definition of insomnia I do suffer in a small way. And honestly I think a lot of woman in general struggle with sleep. Part of my routine at night includes sleepy time tea or some form of a night time tea and on some occasions a sleep aid but not on a very regular basis, I don’t like pills in general. I will use my lavender essential oil too. But still I often wake in the early morning or what I like to call middle of the night. Typically around 2 or 3 a.m.
In fact this is such a common occurrence for people in general that they even make journals for people with insomnia. My cousin got me one of these, it has clever little quotes and is entertaining in the middle of the night.
What I do like about the middle of the night is, it’s quite. So quiet I can hear the clock ticking (which I really love) and I can hear sometimes a train off in the distance which is comfort to me. I hear a random car swish by and even sirens sometimes. I have even walked outside to hear the birds, yeah, birds, some birds can’t sleep too. I also feel like at times my middle of the night, my wakings are nudges from God. A time to get close to Him, pray, read and sit in the peace of His presence.
These are some of the things I can do in the middle of the night and have done in the quiet hours.
Brew another cup of tea
Light a fire
Pray for people I love
Open my Bible to read a little
Read a devotion
Write a letter to God
Write a letter to a loved one
Night time photography (that needs some major practice)
Take a bath or shower
Dip my feet in the pool
Find the moon
Watch the sun come up
Last night I read a fairy tale out of a book from my childhood. The little match girl. Have you read it? Not a very good ending. I'm not sure that was such a good idea.
What do you do? How do you handle your interrupted sleep?