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!