Quick Tips, Self-care & Stress

Serenity Tip: Getting Back to Sleep

Every Friday, I aim to bring you a quick serenity tip to reinforce the current topic and/or provide a little inspiration as we head into the weekend.

Today, with Treasure Your Twilight as the first Serenity Project activity (January 1-15), I’m gathering ideas for getting back to sleep, if you wake in the middle of the night.

Serenity Tip: Getting Back to Sleep

Although I almost always fall asleep quickly initially, I often struggle if I get a few hours of shut-eye and then wake up. So I researched this and ended up with not one tip, but five:

  1. If you doze off for less than 10 minutes, you may not realise you’ve been asleep at all. So I’m now reminding myself I probably have been asleep, I just don’t recognise it.
  2. Try to postpone your anxieties until daylight.The wee small hours are when my mind seizes enthusiastically on worries and what-ifs. I’m now keeping a notebook by my bed to jot down things to worry about tomorrow. As Scarlett O’Hara would say, tomorrow is another day.
  3. Are you too hot? Especially at this time of year, I tend to go to bed swaddled like an Arctic explorer. Quietly roasting myself under the covers is a habit I aim to break.
  4. My parents are fond of a bedtime tipple, believing that a nightcap helps you sleep better. But even if you nod off more easily, alcohol is now linked with disturbed sleep overall. I don’t indulge often, but I’m definitely thinking twice now.
  5. If all else fails, focus on your pillow. It sounds daft, but I find if I concentrate on how my pillow feels beneath my cheek as I breathe in and out, that can provide the nudge I need to re-enter the land of nod.

Do you struggle more with falling asleep, or with staying asleep? What tips would you add?

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And just for good measure, here are some serenity-related articles which caught my eye this week:

On Monday I’ll be sharing how my first serenity focus, Treasure Your Twilight is going. I’d love to hear how you’re getting on, too.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    January 9, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Pauline, good tips. I find I have to tamp down the anxieties and to-dos that crop up when I wake up in the middle of the night. I suggest a pencil, rather than a pen, for that middle-of-the-night notebook so that you can write in any position *and* with the light off without worrying about getting ink on the bedding.

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      Pauline
      January 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Of course! Ink on the sheets would be just one more anxiety. Super suggestion, Jean, thank you!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    November 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Pauline, had to come back to this post with another sleep tip. Just this week we decided to try blackout liners behind our bedroom curtains. Wow! We’ve only had them up for two nights, but those are the best two nights of sleep we’ve had in a long time. Looks like a lot of our waking up in the middle of the night was due to too much light coming in.

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      Pauline
      November 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

      That’s super interesting, Jean. I usually wear an eye mask at bedtime, but good to know about waking during the night, too.

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