How do I stop my mind from ruminating in the middle of the night?
January 10, 2014 6:21 AM Subscribe
I keep waking up in the middle of night, thinking about things I have no control over. One area I gravitate to more than most is decisions my parents in their lifetimes that have been harmful to me. Sometimes I think about work related issues. How can I resolve this?
posted by helios410 to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I wake up feeling overwhelmed with anger, self-doubt, and sadness. I am either replaying events from my past in my head, or thinking about different ways of handling a past situation that did not end well.
This of course makes it very difficult to fall back asleep. I then end up tossing and turning for twenty minutes in a futile attempt to fall asleep. Eventually I give up and grab my phone to read inane things on the web until I may or may not fall back asleep. I then end up going through my day feeling zapped and dull. This is pretty much a routine at this point.
I have discussed this issue with my therapist, and unfortunately his only resolution to this matter is sleep medication, which is an option I want to avoid.
As a note, what I find interesting about this is I have little trouble falling asleep at a set time at night. Come 4 to 6am though, I wake up and the cycle starts.
Does the hive mind have any suggestions on how to deal with this issue?