I frequently wake up at 3 am. Thoughts racing, sometimes, other times sluggishly half-dreaming. Could be about peak oil, Transition Towns, financial disaster, other times nothing particularly interesting or alarming. I swear this problem has been worse ever since my pregnancy, but that could be because of the occasional loud noises from my son's room. Whatever the cause, I know from experience that I will usually lay there for one or two hours until I can go to sleep again.
These are my favorite ways to spend some time as I attempt to lull myself back to sleep:
1. Yoga. If I breathe properly and get into the stretches, I can start relaxing and feel a sense of well-being come over me. Then it's time for sleep.
2. Writing. If I am awake because I am writing a Frau post in my head or because I have a list of things to do scrolling down my brain, I need to write it down. Once it's out of my mind, I can usually get back to sleep.
3. Winning the lottery. This is what I do if I don't want to get of my warm, snuggly bed. Here's how I play: take the last seen powerball amount, divide it in half (to get the immediate payout), divide that number in half (to deduct taxes), and that's the amount I have to play with. So a $104 million powerball would result in $26 million for me in the bank.
I've played this game for a long time. For a year or two it always resulted in lists of countries that I want to visit. Then it was lists of charities to support or create. Right now I usually end up designing a large intentional permaculture community in the middle of the city. (By the way, I've never bought a lottery ticket.)
Anyone else have this issue? What are your tried and true ways to get through those wakeful hours in the middle of the night?