I’m one of those people who has an over-active brain. And it’s most active when I’m trying to fall asleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night.

It’s not fun. I can even dream about something I forgot to do in the office, then wake myself up to stress about it for the three hours until my alarm goes off.

When I was in my teens, I was able to get around it by listening to my bedside clock radio. Something that I learned from mum after seven years of sharing a bedroom with her. (I haven’t done a post on that yet, have I? OH, I WILL).

After years of living with Dan, I’d gotten used to my falling-asleep routine of almost tricking myself into falling asleep, but waking up in the middle of the night – especially when we’re on deadline at work – I could never master falling back to sleep quickly.

But finally – FINALLY! – the wonders of technology have given me the best nights of sleep in the last few months:

I plug my sound-cancelling ear buds into my iPhone, turn the phone to airplane mode, load up a podcast and VOILA! I have something to keep my brain  suitably  distracted until I fall asleep. Means Dan doesn’t have to hear it either. WIN!

And if I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, then I just repeat the process. Works a treat.

Also means that I literally sleep with my iPhone under my pillow.

Also means that I’m likely to wake up with earphone cord all over the place… in my hair, wrapped around my neck… or thrown across the room when I think it’s a cockroach crawling across my neck.

That’s only happened ONCE, though.

Podcasts I’m most likely to listen to at the moment include: Conversations with Richard Fidler, Is it Just Me? with Wendy and Angela, Thank God It’s Friday with Richard Glover,  Boxcutters, WNYC’s RadioLab and I’ve recently started listening to the Skeptic Zone.

How do you get to sleep at night?

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6 thoughts on “How I manage to sleep at night

  1. vodka.

    No, seriously, I need to have gone to the toilet, moisturised my face (dry skin! ewww) and had a warm valeian tea
    .-= Fiona´s last blog ..Jesus will be helping Hannah save! =-.

    Posted on 4 April 2010 at 10:30 pm
  2. I’m the same. I used to listen to music but I kept losing my mp3 player under the bed, so now I just attempt to focus only on my breathing. Sometimes works, most of the time doesn’t.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..94/365 – The Royal Easter Show =-.

    Posted on 4 April 2010 at 11:52 pm
    1. Ginger beer (back when they had stuff that I liked) used to work a treat to get me to sleep. Though I think it increased how much I drooled onto the pillow, ew.

      One old trick I learned (and worked, up to a point), was to “say goodnight” to my body, piece by piece. Start with toes or fingers or whatever. Guess it’s a form of meditation? Only worked if my brain wasn’t in overdrive, though!

      Posted on 5 April 2010 at 12:07 am
  3. How do I get to sleep? I dont… thats why I’m reading blogs at 2am. Yay for insomnia… I guess :/
    .-= Manda´s last blog ..Happy Makers =-.

    Posted on 5 April 2010 at 2:54 am
  4. You’ve still got the insomnia :(
    Don’t make me quote Fight Club at you *hug*

    Posted on 5 April 2010 at 10:04 pm