It’s 3:04am, and I’m still wide awake.

Actually, this happens to me quite often. The problem tonight is that I stayed up too late working, and now my brain does not want to slow down long enough to fall asleep. (and I’ve been doing so well at going to bed early this week!).

So when you’re stuck wide awake while everyone else is asleep, what do you do?



  1. Usually I lay in bed and will myself to go to sleep for an hour.

    It never works but for some reason I always try.

    Then I usually take my light, fiction reading (something that takes little brain power) to the living room and read on the couch.

    Some times I get on the internet. But inevitably that makes me stay up too long!

    I hope you got a few ZZZ’s!

    Happy Friday!

  2. Rewrite part of one of my WIP’s – in my head. Rarely do I actually get up and put pen to paper (which might be more productive). Usually this will put me to sleep in an hour or less. And generally it moves my work along better the next day.

  3. D'Ann

    This happens to me quite often. And given that my glasses are almost 14 years old and I can see just enough to, say, empty the dishwasher, I can’t do much else when I wear them. And my severely dry eyes make it necessary to keep my contacts out all night. So, what do I do when I can’t sleep (often for hours at a time in the middle of the night)? My options are severly limited. So I lay in bed and pray. I figure I’ll either fall asleep while doing it–and that’s okay!–or I get some good fellowship time with the Lord and some time to specifically petition for situations that weigh heavy on my heart that I don’t take the time to truly bathe in prayer during the day.

    That’s it. Very simple. Not profound. And believe me, often times I wish I could get up and write (which is nigh impossible in my glassess–I’ve tried!)

  4. Think of posts such as 10 things to do when you can’t sleep.
    This is common for me. I usually try and stop writing a couple hours before going to bed to help, but even then, if an idea hits me, I’m not going to sleep.
    I pray.
    I’ve also given myself permission to get up and write. I don’t have kids, so if I want to write at 3AM and then sleep through half the morning, I can.

  5. Sars

    You could always have another baby. If you’re going to be up anyway, you may as well be feeding a baby and changing diapers.

    Actually, next time you’re up at that time, you can just come to my house and feed/change my baby.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    (That’s maniacal, exhausted laughter.)

  6. In all seriousness, I used to keep my Chemistry 101 textbook around for sleepless nights. But then I went through a period where I didn’t have problems sleeping and I got rid of it.

    Friday night/Saturday morning I went to bed at 2, but lay there for an hour trying to will myself to sleep.

    Saturday night I was too tired to sleep. Helped my brother in law do some concrete work in the million degree heat and brazillion percentage humidity. Got home from that and couldn’t nap or sleep at all, till finally at 11pm or so I got up and dug out a JAVA book, and after 30ish minutes of that I fell asleep.

    Sometimes though I get where I can’t sleep and I have to Do Something. When I lived alone it wasn’t a problem, I’d just do whatever project I was working on as noise level was not an issue. Now I have to be all considerate, so that leaves out running the bandsaw or hammering or drilling at 2am. Oh, and not watch movies that cause me to laugh uproaringly. I can do woodworking with non-powered hand tools (aside from sawing or hammering). Hand planes are pretty quiet. Maybe you could take up furniture building?

    Last year I had a box of small projects that were not time sensitive to work on, I need to do that again. I had stuff like making bunkers for army men (made the wooden core during the day with the miter saw, but at night I could apply concrete to them, then when that dried paint them and give them “battle damage”), I had a stack of WWII style paper buildings to make (also for army men), some miniature plaster walls to paint (again, for the army men), I had some styrofoam stuff to carve up into islands and then paint for Pirates of the Spanish Main game, stuff like that. It was all also good stuff to work on while watching tv.

    If you don’t want to make terrain and scenics for miniature war games…hmmmm…One cousin and one uncle are both big needlepointers. That’s a quiet hobby. Aside from the cussing when you mess up 🙂 I assume that knitting, quilting, or any kind of hand sewing is quietish.

    Oh, I know! Go over to my website and read all the stuff on guns! That’s sure to put you right out! 🙂

  7. Yodeling. That’s what relaxes me most in the wee hours of the mornin’.

    That was totally made up of course, A couple of weeks ago, that happened, and I feverishly wrote a gazillion ideas for coaching soccer. That was providential, because the next day, I got an email from the head coach, saying he would not be there. We ended up having a great time.

  8. spaghettipie

    Thanks, all, for your suggestions! I finally went to sleep about an hour later (ugh!). The internet, working, and writing usually don’t work for me because my sleep troubles revolve around my brain wanting to stay up. That gives it too much to do. 🙂 Reading sometimes helps, although I don’t know if I could stand the chemistry book, Mike! Yodeling would wake up everyone else, Craver, but then again, if I can’t sleep . . .why should anyone else get to? I am encouraged to use the quiet time to spend with God. I am not encouraged to go have a baby (Sarah!)
    Hope your nights are full of sleep!

  9. The comments are as funny as you writing that post! This never happens to me! I count down the minutes until bedtime–I can’t wait to get there.

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