Day 2170: How to get back to sleep in the middle of the night

If, like me, you often wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, try this before you go to bed:

  1. Identify what might preoccupy your mind if you did wake up in the middle of the night (like challenging relationships, unfinished business, politics, heath issues, the holidays, ghosts of the past, the news, an upcoming event, money, food,  your inadequacies, ugliness, global warming, animals, conspiracy theories, etc.).
  2. Write down one achievable action for each one.
  3. If you can’t identify an achievable action, acknowledge that the situation is beyond your control.
  4. Go to sleep.
  5. When you wake up, remember that you’ve got plans that won’t work in the middle of the night, so there’s no need for your brain to engage.
  6. If your awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night brain comes up another issue you didn’t anticipate, put it on the list of “Things to Do Tomorrow.”
  7. Go back to sleep.

I hope none of my recent photos keep you up at night.










Here‘s something else you can try if you can’t get back to sleep at night:


You could also focus on gratitude. Sincerely, gratitude always helps.





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20 thoughts on “Day 2170: How to get back to sleep in the middle of the night

  1. Happy last day of Hanukah, Ann!

  2. Got it! Okay, I’m going back to sleep now. ( ु⁎ᴗ_ᴗ⁎)ु.…zzzZZZ

  3. Its 1.30am and I’ve just woken up, and I’m reading your article here, oh big yawn, this is sure to put me back to sleep 😉 😴😴

  4. If I may add a little extra advice for those who are interested in remembering their dreams: one technique is to return to the position you were sleeping in. This makes it easier to remember and sometimes even to recall your dreams. Sweet dreams!

  5. Thankfully I rarely have nights like that, I generally sleep right through the night

  6. I am often awake at night, sometimes it seems like the whole night, and sometimes it’s because I’m worrying. But, I don’t mind. It’s like simmering a soup until it’s thick and tasty; the night-time stewing prepares me for the day.

  7. Very timely! I had that “can’t go back to sleep” kind of night last night. Thanks for the tips ❤️👍🏽

  8. I was trying to follow your process and I fell asleep

  9. Pingback: Day 2208: I hate myself for _______. | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  10. Pingback: Day 2605: I’m so done | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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