Day 192: Random thoughts at 4:17 AM, July 11, 2013

Insomnia is in the house.

I’ve had trouble sleeping, two nights in a row.

I get into patterns like this, every once in a while.

So I’m going to jot down some random thoughts, to try to help me get a wee bit of sleep before I need to go to work. (Every little bit counts!)

Here are a couple of “Cures for Insomnia”  YouTube videos I found tonight, which I think will be helpful during nights when the insomnia isn’t quite so stubborn:

I really like the fish in the second one.

My calf muscles are really sore tonight.  I’m wondering if that’s because:

  1. The new walking shoes I bought for my upcoming trip to London and Edinburgh need to be returned and/or
  2. anxiety and fear sometimes make me want to RUN!

Here are some things I want to do, right after I publish this post:

  1. Breathe naturally but more deeply than usual.
  2. Remember that lack of sleep won’t kill me.
  3. Imagine a big, beautiful box. Then, open the lid of that box, put worried thoughts and feelings into that box, and gently close the lid.

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Okay!

Thanks for reading. And sweet dreams for all of us.

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10 thoughts on “Day 192: Random thoughts at 4:17 AM, July 11, 2013

  1. I actually did go to sleep after publishing this. And I did have a dream (although not really a sweet one).

    The dream was this: I was at a circus or amusement park. I went on an amusement park ride. After I got off the ride, I could see that I had left two of my pairs of glasses and a pin behind. I managed to get back on the ride, before it started again, to get the glasses and pin, which was a scholastic achievement pin from High School. After I got off the ride that time, I realized I had left my delicious lunch in a paper bag, which was under the chair and out of sight. I started to try to get that but the ride started again. I gave up on the food and went along. Then, I was alone in a cart on the grounds of the amusement park and noticed two animals that were loose. One was a baboon (I think!). As I looked at the baboon, the baboon saw me and I thought, “Uh oh, I am in trouble,” and sure enough the baboon chased my cart, jumped up in front of me, bared its teeth and — I knew — was going to attack. I woke up and had these thoughts (1) Ouch! (2) What an interesting dream, and (3) I am so glad I am getting some sleep. And I fell back to sleep, easily.

    I used to run Dreams Groups where we would ask this question: “If that were your dream, what might that mean?”

  2. Love the fish.

    Hmmm…. if that were my dream what might it mean? Well…. I think I’d ask myself what is the invitation in this dream? And then…. wait for the answer. And as I did, I’d ask… what am I running from? Or avoiding? or forgetting.

    And then, when I read… Uh Oh, I am in trouble — I’d really wonder — what’s the story of my thinking I’m always in trouble….. where is my past tripping up my joy today? 🙂

    LOL — and that’s because I have an ‘I’m in trouble’ tape in my head that I always have to stay conscious of. And meeting a Baboon is I’m sure — always trouble!

    Glad you got some sleep!

  3. Five Quick Minutes

    Hi, Ann! Yeah, troubling sleeping runs in my family too. We have a number of “night owls” as well. There are studies about restorative sleep…got to get into one of those soon. Take care and try to enjoy your day.

    Christian

    • Thanks, Christian! I know so many people who have trouble sleeping. My day went pretty well, considering. I definitely enjoyed your comment.

      • Five Quick Minutes

        I’m glad you wrote about the topic. Sleep is so important to our everyday needs, yet many don’t think much about it until they suffer the ill-effects of interrupted or lack of sleep.

        Thanks for the reply and hopefully you will get back to a better sleeping pattern.

        Christian

  4. findingmyinnercourage

    Interrupted sleep is the worst. We all need to practice sleep self care! Sweet dreams don’t let the bedbugs bite!

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