Have you ever had a difficult season in your life that totally wrecks your sleeping schedule. Have you found yourself waking up at all hours of the night thinking....thinking....thinking😕
I look at these times as periods in transition. Transition is about change but I'm talking about the transition that you experience when you are in labour. During this time the pain is the most intense. Unlike the earlier stages of labour when the pain is minutes apart, when you are in transition the pain has no reprieve and it is layered; this is when your uterus is contracting the most; just before the baby is born.
I've learned during these times in my life to go with the rhythm of your body. Instead of fighting with yourself because you can't sleep; move with it. Plan for those times by placing a good book beside you, watch an uplifting T.V. program or movie even bake a cake...when you plan for it, your body and mind begins to relax instead of struggle because of the lack off sleep countdown. That happens when you wake up in the middle of the night and begin to count how many hours you have until it's time to get up.
By your beside place your books, computer, nightlight, maybe even a thermos of hot chocolate and a cookie.
If you have constant insomnia, you should see your health professional but if it is specifically related to an event in your life, accept it as unique time and acknowkedge that your body is naturally responding to the psysiological impact of the circumstance.
Give yourself permission to go through this season with its changes; ups and downs. By doing this, you will place less stress on your mind and body.
After this season you will discover much about yourself and the world; how your body responds to crisis, what are your support systems, what makes you feel better in challenging times...what's on T.V. at 3am.
The good news is, it will pass and, as with transition in labour, it will birth something new.