I have tried most of the usual healthy aids: a glass of warm milk, light exercise, meditation, a relaxing bath, wearing socks to bed … I have also tried every sleep medication on the market. All have the same not-so-effective result: I wake up before I’ve had enough shut-eye.
Counting sheep, visualization, biofeedback… none of that has worked… I even tried hypnosis. ¡Nada!
So, OK… what do I do once I’ve woken up, and I’ve realized that returning to sleep mode isn’t happening?
Sometimes I get up. Sometimes I stay in bed and listen to an audio book or music; I don’t usually check my email, I don’t work on my book or other writing projects. I try not to strain my eyes.
But once the ear buds start to feel irritating, I sometimes draw or I blog – like I’m doing now.
It’s 03:21 and I’m going to go brew some of that “Sleepy Time” herbal tea… whatever!