It might sound kind of sad, but I have had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember. For some reason, my body does not like to rest for very long, and it takes hours of tossing and turning to fall asleep. Nothing seems to help other than just finding random things to do until I fall asleep. If you’re an insomniac too or a night owl, consider doing these activities during your next night up!
Write! Do you ever have that random burst of inspiration at 12:30 in the morning? I do all the time. I realized that I worked a lot better at night back when I was in high school, and I stayed up late to work because that was when I had the most inspiration and motivation to write. There’s something about the peacefulness of night time that allows me to focus more, and whether I want to work on a school essay or jot down my thoughts and feelings, my brain functions a lot better in the very early morning.
Read or clean. Sometimes, I’ll pick up a book and read until my eyes are tired, or I’ll clean. I’ll physically clean my room, or I’ll virtually clean. What I mean by that is cleaning out my camera roll, my Google Drive, laptop files, emails, and notes I don’t need anymore. I never know if I do this to help me get tired, or to satisfy the neat freak in me—maybe both.
Watch YouTube. Whether you want to watch videos for fun or to learn something is up to you! I’ve watched my fair share of album reactions, makeup unboxings, cooking tutorials, and totally random videos in my recommended feed at 1 am. While the point of going down a rabbit hole at this hour is for me to go to sleep, I’m able to retain a lot of the information I see in those videos and use that knowledge the next time I need it.
Have deep conversations with friends. Chances are, your friends will probably be up late, too. I talk to my friends every day but midnight conversations are on a different level. I’ve talked to friends for hours about random topics and had deep conversations at night, and I’ve really gotten to know them better through these late talks.
So, the next time you are struggling to catch some z’s, consider trying some of these suggestions out!