Normally we meet here for “Manic Monday”, but because Monday was a holiday, I decided to take a vaycay from the computer. In fact, I’ve been pretty much computer free since Friday. Yay!
Sometimes you just need to do that. Take a breather from technology and let the REAL people in your everyday life know that you still want to devote your time and attention to them.
But it’s Tuesday, and I’m back. Back to the computer…..and back to a MOUNTAIN of laundry. GRRRR!!
I gotta admit.
I have insomnia.
So bad, that I frequently only get 4, or less, hours of sleep.
So bad, that I regularly go to bed after 2AM.
So bad, that if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m pretty much up….for good.
I do take medication to help. But I can’t take it EVERY night. And besides…I don’t want to be tied to medicine to be able to get restful sleep.
I’ve read a lot of things to try and help. I’ve been putting the computer away earlier. Trying to wear myself out during the day. So far not a ton of success.
But I want to share the new thing I’m going to try.
(not because I have a success story yet…..but because I think it’s a COOL idea!!)
I started off with a notebook that I’m going to keep next to my bed, in my nightstand. It’s there ready for me to write down any thoughts I have, ideas I wake up with, or “to-do” things that strike me in the night. (or anything else that it making it so I can’t sleep.
Of course I found a super cute one. Because who wants to write down a brilliant idea in an ugly notebook?
This one is by Mead. And has a totally cute pattern, with a magnetic closure strip. LOVE IT!
Then I got some self-adhesive label holders and made labels for the categories I wanted in my “thoughts journal”. You could put anything that plagues your brain at night.
Mine has things like:
- To Do: House
- To Do: Blog
- Ideas: Decorating
- Ideas: Blog
- Thoughts & Dreams
Those are just the ones I felt that I’d use. You could do any that you think you’d like to put in yours. It’s SO customizable!
Then, of course, I couldn’t just leave it like I bought it!
Of course not!
I added a little elastic lace loop for my pen, and my initial, and some turquoise ric-rac.
I don’t know of many items that aren’t improved with a little turquoise ric-rac.
I’m thinking of adding some to my toilet.
(these are the jokes, folks. Don’t write and tell me that toilet ric-rac is a bad idea.)
And last night, at midnight, when I was still wide awake….I took ten minutes to write a list of re-organizations that I want to do. It doesn’t mean that I’m doing them for sure. It just means I didn’t have to sit and think about them.
I don’t have a miracle story, like how I wrote this list and immediately went into peaceful slumber.
But I do have a pretty list.
And a pretty book.
And something to do while I’m up doing nothing……
I’d love to know what you do to cure your insomnia! I’m open to just about anything at this point!