Have you ever noticed how time can drag on when you watch the clock or how fast it can speed by when you’re busy and not thinking about it?  I think time goes by slowly when we awaken in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep.  Does this happen to you?  For me, there are nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and then I am kept up for hours by my busy mind.  I begin planning tomorrow’s to do list or I begin writing my blog in my head ~ but the worst one is if I hear a noise because then I lay awake debating whether I should go investigate!

Last night I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.  5 minutes to midnight and I had just woken up a few minutes beforehand.  I was tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep.  Now my busy brain turned to wondering who was outside.  I said a quick prayer of safety because it could simply be a neighbor coming home and I began breathing slowly, in and out, trying to concentrate so that I could fall back to sleep.  It worked because the next time I looked at the clock, it was 6am! 

Does this ever happen to you? 

What do you do? 

Do you get up and go to the kitchen to make a cup of warm milk? 

Do you read in hopes of getting sleepy again? 

Or do you turn on the television to watch something boring? 

I’ve tried all of the above, but breathing in and out in a measured fashion and quieting my mind works best for me.  I’d love for you to share if this happens to you and what you do about it!  I figure the more solutions we share, the longer our night’s sleep is tonight! 

Because TIME Is On My Side ~ a la The Rolling Stones

Enjoy a little official version of their song ~ Happy Saturday!

Sweet dreams my friends! 

Shine On!








29 thoughts on “Time

  1. It’s so frustrating being woken up in the middle of the night for whatever reason. I find the only way to stop my mind working overtime is to read for a while. Glad you weren’t kept up all night!

  2. Goo post. Yes, we do sometimes wake up now in the middle of the night, unlike when we were younger and we “slept like babies,” if only to change position or throw the covers or pull up the covers. I can relate to your account. My menopause years are in full swing. I will take your advise and try the steady breathing next time. Thanks.

  3. Oh, yeah. My tossing time is more like 3 or 4 am. I’ve already had a deep sleep by then and feel done. Since I have no desire to start my day in the middle of the night, I just lie there completely relaxed, deciding what I will think, knowing my body is still and getting the rest it needs. It may take a while, and sometimes I’ve even enjoyed my directed thoughts, but I usually go back to sleep. If not, after an hour or so, I just get up and start my day!

    • That’s happened to me before ~ at 4 or 5am, since I enjoy the quiet of the morning with a cup of coffee and a quiet house, I sometimes just get up and begin my day. Those are the mornings that I seem to have my blogs written for me quickly and easily if I just let go and let them flow!

    • That happens to me as well…if it’s around 4 or 5 I may even just get up and enjoy the stillness of the morning in the house. The cats flank me on the couch as I have my morning cup of coffee and we watch the sun come up outside. Special moments knowing my family is safe, happy and just upstairs! xo

  4. It just happened to me night before last. It was 4 am when I decided to check the clock – no telling how long I tried to go back to sleep. The usual routine is similar to yours – conscious breathing, plus letting my body get really heavy and imagining myself in a nest. At 430 I finally decided to just get up! I thought I might hit a wall during the day, but the wall never came. In fact, I ended up staying up later than usual! Go figure. Maybe hormones were my culprit, maybe anticipation about exciting things happening ???? Thanks for the post.

  5. I usually only wake up when I have to go to the bathroom(!) but a bit of yoga breathing and I’m back to sleep. When hubs is there, our joke is I can be asleep by the time I count to 10 backwards, usually as soon as my head hits the pillow. He’s the same way, especially when he’s sleep deprived from being away. Loved this post!

  6. Oh I know how this feels! I use a similar approach to you, focus on breathing then on relaxing every part of me. In most situations it helps me get back to sleep… Otherwise I read until I nod off again.

  7. I awake often at night for no particular reason. I have learned that menopause wreaks havoc on a woman’s sleep!!!! I usually try to read and if I still don’t feel sleepy, sometimes I will get up and walk around a bit or try working a crossword puzzle. That often gets me yawning and feeling sleepy again!

  8. I don’t get up and go to the kitchen mainly because I’m too scared to be walking around the house when all is quiet and dark but I do keep my iPod next to my bed and I listen to music and sometimes I’ll switch the TV on 🙂 Its not nice being woken like that in the middle of the night though.

  9. I’m a notoriously bad sleeper…I read, I try conscious breathing and if it doesn’t work I just get up. It seems more frustrating to me when I keep trying and nothing works. And then I end up falling asleep on the couch! 🙂

  10. Everyone I know seems to be having trouble with sleep lately. I find the only answer for me (a 2 hr cycle sleeper), is to not do anything, lie there, and try to turn my mind off with simple counting or songs. Also, minimizing digital light source (TV, clocks, etc) makes some difference. Good luck.

  11. A warm drink before bed helps. I’ve read somewhere that it is advised to stay off the computer for at least an hour before bedtime. If you have a hard time falling asleep in general – it is advised to stay off the tv 1/2 to an hour before going to bed too. It kinda’ helps relax the mind.
    When all else fails for me…I begin to pray & suddenly – Voila!

    • Oh yes, prayer helps immensely I think! I like to make a list of what I’m grateful for ~ and I try for 100 reasons that I’m grateful for that day! I usually fall asleep in the middle of my list ~ but I think it gives good dreams to do that! xo

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