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20 May 2010 @ 11:22 am
In my ongoing strategy to have a better, if less frequent, relationship with insomnia, I've hit on a really good tool for me, which is, in essence, being more zen about not sleeping. I can't always manage it, but it makes my life much, much better if, on those nights when I can't sleep, I don't fret and worry and angst about the fact that I'm not sleeping and tomorrow's going to be hard and groggy. It doesn't make me sleep more, as far as I can tell, but it makes my not-sleeping time more restful. And reminding myself that being tired and groggy for a day isn't the end of the world also improves things, too, because that also turns out to be true.

But now I'm going to see about a nap.
I'm feeling: sleepysleepy
David Policardpolicar on May 20th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
That seems like a brilliant realization to me. Go you!

I've probably asked you this before and have shamefully forgotten your answer, but: do you find that using the time to be awake-but-still... e.g., a meditation practice, or something similar... works at all for you?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on May 20th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it does! Last night, for example. Sometimes, less so. But it's good to practice, even when it doesn't work well.
David Policardpolicar on May 20th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
(nods) Yes, absolutely.

I wish you good practice.
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on May 20th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
So, some days I feel like a broken record, but hey, it's educating people. Did you know that acupuncture can help with insomnia?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on May 20th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I did not :) Thanks!