Sleepless Nights

I’ll freely admit that I’m not much of a sleeper. I’m often getting to bed fairly late and waking up pretty early, despite my best efforts to do otherwise. From time to time I’ll have a night where I just can’t sleep. No matter what I try to do, it’ll take a long time to get to sleep, or I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for a while.

Typically, I’ll simply toss and turn. I’ve heard stories of people who can’t sleep because they have something on their mind; it’s quite the opposite for me. I’ll lie in bed literally wishing I had something to think about (notice I didn’t say worry…). It’s infuriating, mainly because I don’t want to get up (usually because I’m praying the sleeplessness won’t happen for long, but just as often out of laziness), but I can’t make myself go to sleep.

Not long ago, I had one of those nights. After at least half an hour of tossing and turning, I decided to get up, turn on the computer, and write. I’m a writer; I always have been, and there’s no getting around it. I had a couple of ideas bumping around in my head, and it just made sense to put them down. So I did. In about 45 minutes, I had two complete posts done and scheduled. I went back to bed pretty satisfied, and Now I think I know how to spend those sleepless nights.

How do you endure when you can’t sleep?