It's 4:14am and I've just woken up and sprung out of bed to turn my computer on.
I couldn't sleep.
My mind was buzzing and I had a million different thoughts running through my head. This is something that is not uncommon to many people, in fact, recent studies have shown that people with higher intelligence find it more difficult to sleep due to their brain constantly buzzing! I'm not sure of the exact science behind this though or how valid it would be, but I'm happy to read it! :P
But it got me thinking... in fact, of course it got me thinking... I was thinking so much that I couldn't sleep and now I am here, lonely and sitting in the dark with a bright screen glaring in my face.
It got me thinking that it's such a waste of time just lying in bed when we know we can't sleep. Why lye there when you know you're not going to sleep? Previously when my mind has been buzzing in the middle of the night, I have tried 'forcing' myself to sleep, although this strategy just ends up getting me more frustrated and I stay awake for longer or until my mind and body just finally gets exhausted enough to fall asleep again.
The Best Ideas Come in the Middle of the Night
But the other thing is, I find the best ideas come in the middle of the night.
There is something about it. Your mind is free when you are sleeping. Everything always seems to be so clear. Everything always seems to be so easy, so tangible and great. Yes, it seems that every idea at 4am in the morning is the best idea EVER!
No doubt about it that writing this article right now is the best idea I have ever had. I know that after going back to bed after this, I will wake up, satisfied that I have actually had a productive night and have a full day ahead of me to do what I want! Which will probably include me writing another article anyway, because I love doing this
When your mind starts buzzing with ideas, DO NOT WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY!
Jump out of bed and take action!
Countless times I have been lying in bed in the middle of the night, struggling to sleep and I have all of these amazing ideas that I think I will remember in the morning and action them then. But when I wake up in the morning I've completely forgotten what my ideas were!
If you're going to spend 2 hours lying in bed, struggling to get some sleep when your mind in buzzing, why not make that 2 hours productive and take action on your ideas?
I've started to do this more recently and it's having some great benefits!
The Benefits of Waking Up in the Middle of the Night and Taking Action
You get stuff done!
There is no doubt about it. The biggest and best benefit of waking up in the middle of the night and taking action is that you get stuff done! I have found that this is one of my most productive times of the day. Why? Because there are absolutely no distractions (not even the swaying of the leaves on the trees outside... because I can't see them it's that dark!)
It feels good!
There's just something about it! Sitting here right now, it's SO VERY DARK and SO VERY QUIET. It's kind of like I'm doing some top-secret work... and I guess I am. I'm helping you understand how to benefit from your middle-of-the-night insomnia while living it right now.
Your mind stops buzzing!
Taking action on your ideas when you wake up in the middle of the night means that you don't have to worry about trying to remember things and thinking about doing them when day breaks. Why? Because you've already done it!
Getting out of bed and actioning your ideas helps you to progress them to a stage where you are comfortable with where they are going and what it to be done. You end up feeling satisfied and complete and no longer need to keep thinking through your ideas.
You can sleep!
After spending an hour or two on the task at hand and putting your ideas into practice, you'll be ready to get back to sleep!
Because your mind would have now stopped buzzing (because your ideas are now actioned), and the fact that your natural tendency to sleep will be kicking in pretty strongly again at this stage, you will be able to fall asleep again much quicker and much easier and get a super-nights rest.
The only downside to waking up in the middle of the night with your ideas and actioning them is that it may eat into your normal sleep time.
For example, you may normally get 8 hours of sleep per night and you have to wake up to get ready for work at 7am. If you're up in the middle of the night for 2 hours, you'll obviously only get 6 hours sleep as you can't sleep in past 7am.
The good thing? Our bodies and mind are built to last and built to be capable of varying amounts of sleep. By waking up in the middle of the night and having only 6 hours of sleep in one night, means that when it comes to sleeping in the following night you will be even more exhausted, tired and will actually have a super-deep sleep... a great feeling!
What do you do when you wake up in the middle of the night? I would love to hear your comments below!
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