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What do you find yourself doing on those sleepless nights?

Many nights I have found that Mr Sleep has forgot about my existence and has left me wide eyed and with extra hours of free time.
On those sleepless nights i usually find myself playing my guitar to accompany the orchestra of barking dogs and wild life outside my house.

Im curious, What do you find yourself doing on those sleepless nights.
Please don't write down "surf the internet" or "youtube" ;) I want to read interesting
stories.

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  • May 10 2013: Hi Teddy!
    As a Mom, I've had my share of sleepless nights... but those were not self-induced!

    I always figure, if I can't sleep, there's a reason for it. I am either over or under-stimulated, trying to remember something or worried about forgetting something else.
    My cure for insomnia is to go outdoors. The fresh night air, regardless of season or climate, works wonders on me. Sometimes simply gazing at the stars on a clear night puts everything into perspective. And other times, focusing on my thoughts and turning inward is what I need to find peace, and piece of mind.
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      May 10 2013: Hi Lizanne!

      It must be nice to go outdoors at night when you are sleepless. I have oftened wanted to do the same thing....to go for a walk....but around here it's not that safe to do, and the mosquitos wil 'getcha'.

      When under alot of stress and worry I also find that prayer helps me. Turning inward and focusing on your thoughts can be therapeutic. Sometimes by changing your thoughts to positive ones, you find that sleep comes.
    • May 10 2013: Hi Lizanne.
      I have actually done that myself. The night sky is very peaceful.

      Im not a parent. So i cant relate to you there. But you got me thinking about how being a parent effects nocturnal activity.
      Motherhood in particular.
      I do remember my mother being up late at night rearranging things around the house cleaning and looking at photo albums. I would ask her why she was up so late...She would just say she couldn't sleep.

      Maybe my next TED questions should be about that... i would like a better understanding.
      • May 10 2013: Mary, I do consider myself very lucky to live in a miniature forest, where the only 'dangers' are tripping over bikes and toys in the yard! Yes - and sometimes just writing that internal stuff down helps as well - but not in the pitch dark. I've done that, written down thoughts or ideas or dreams on a pad of paper by my bed (have kept one there since I was about 11), but in the morning, it's all chicken scratchings!

        Teddy, I would love to contribute to and learn from a discussion about Motherhood and nocturnal activity! Very appropriate too, seeing as it's Mother's Day this Sunday...
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          May 10 2013: Writing down thoughts is very very helpful...I learned that from a poetry book by N.S. Nye

          She says that if you write down three thoughts every day, you will, over time, come to realize what catches your eye, what you dedicate alot of thought to.

          I tried it for a while....and learned alot about the things I tend to notice....then, I had to change. Because I wasn't liking what I was reading.

          Enjoy your special day on Sunday Lizanne......Although we know Mother's Day is every day isn't it? ;)
      • May 11 2013: I discovered, especially when I was in conflict with myself, that writing down my thoughts (no censoring, no editing), those thoughts became a sort of reality I could work with. I wrote those things down years ago, but am hesitant to read them... for the same reason you said. I don't think I'd like what I wrote either. But at the time, it was extremely helpful!

        It isn't for everyone, though, but when I Googled "why is writing things important?" I got lots of interesting links, including this one:
        http://strengthfromfocus.com/5-reasons-writing-things-down-will-improve-your-life/

        Thank you so much for your well wishes! I have a feeling it will a day like any other, where I can rejoice and feel exhausted at the same time!! ;)

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