Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep?
November 6, 2017

clockIf you wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep, what if the reason isn’t some health problem in the making? What if it’s much more benign?

If you’re like me, considering that possibility won’t hurt your chances of drifting off again.

I don’t have a lot of experience with this. I’m a good sleeper. But it’s happened. And it’s almost as if I’ve had a nap, so my brain is rested -- or so it thinks! -- and now it wants to play. It wants to chew on this problem, indulge that reverie, whatever. I have to talk to it like I would a toddler: “No, it isn’t actually time to get up yet.” But like a toddler, my brain is not so easily distracted. So I do what the experts suggest. I focus on my next breath. How it feels to breathe in and then breathe out again. And then again. How wonderful it is, that next breath, and then the next one.

It sounds sweet, but it’s actually boring as hell. Which is…the point! Keep bringing it back to the boring breath business -- in, out, in, out -- and rock your brain back to sleep.

I can’t promise it’ll work for you as well as it does for me. But it might!