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?