For example, last night I devised and wrote this post in my head.
August 8, 2012 7:32 AM Subscribe
I sometimes have the type of trouble sleeping where although I am objectively tired, I can't "shut my brain off" and end up lying awake with my eyes closed. What can I do with my brain during these times?
posted by zadermatermorts to Health & Fitness (52 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
This isn't a chronic sleep issue for me and doesn't trouble me that much in and of itself. I've seen other questions about this type of insomnia but am not exactly seeking a cure for it; I'm more looking for ways to pleasantly ride it out.
So I often read or play games on my iPhone before falling asleep, and this seems to tire out my brain. Sometimes, though, my body feels too physically tired to focus my eyes at length or to hold up a book, yet my mind is still engaged and wants to think about things that are not sleep.
I'm looking for ideas of how to productively occupy my brain during these times. Without anything else to think about, I usually will obsess over recent life events or speculate about future things that I'm anxious about. I find this unhelpful and unpleasant, so I'm looking for ways to repurpose these spare brain cycles that are entertaining and/or useful, and perhaps as a side benefit would even help me get to sleep.
Good possibilities (a) would not involve me moving any part of my body or keeping my eyes open, and (b) would not require bright light, sound, or anything else that might wake my partner.
Audiobooks on headphones comes to mind. I also thought about trying to memorize things, like poems or lists of data or trivia, but I'm not sure how I'd do that without an original to refer to. What about meditation? I know nothing about that. Thanks for any suggestions!