Late Night Thoughts

Don’t try to tell your grandmother how to suck eggs.

Insomnia is Terrible

Some of us are very lucky, we go to bed, fall asleep right away, sleep very soundly, and wake up feeling alert and rested.  The rest of you may not be quite so fortunate.  You may have trouble falling asleep, have troubled thoughts before you sleep, and you may need to get up several times in the night to go to the bathroom.  You may have troubled dreams, night cramps, night sweats, nightmares, night terrors, and when you wake you may feel terrible and take a good long while to become fully alert.

I thought calming thoughts and visualized serene places.  Eventually I found myself drifting along the frenetic edges of my mind.  The sandman was nowhere to be found, as I slipped further away from sleep.  ~  Jaeda DeWalt.

On the very few occasions I do something stupid, such as drink booze coffee late at night, have a late night snack, or use social media in bed, then I too have a restless night and think weird thoughts.  You know what?  It’s never a good idea to have that late night snack.  Late night snacks will not only keep you awake, they’ll also make you fat and ruin your digestive system.  The kind of crap we eat late at night most likely destroys the good bacteria in our gut, and it’s vital that you look after the bacteria in your gut.

Another reason you may have restless nights, and always feel tired and lethargic, is that your bedroom could be keeping you awake.  If your bedroom is untidy, if there’s clutter everywhere, if you routinely leave your clothes on the bed, (or on the floor), or if you allow pets in the bedroom, then you have little chance of having a good night’s sleep.

Some of us, in the past myself included, will resort to a couple of drinks before we go to bed, in the mistaken belief that will help us sleep.  Alcohol induced sleep is not good sleep.  Not only that, drinking regularly before you go to bed is a long step on the path to becoming a boozer / problem drinker / alcoholic.  A couple of drinks, once in a while, is pretty nice, ….coffee and red wine are both good for you ~ in moderation, but too much booze will kill you.

Personally, these days I don’t drink at all, and I feel much better for never touching booze ~ being sober has a myriad of health benefits.  You should know that if you, or anyone else, has ever thought or said that you might be drinking a little too much, then you’re already a real boozer.

So how do promote a good night’s sleep?  How do you lose those bad thoughts late at night?  How do you avoid the bad dreams, nightmares, night sweats, night cramps, and all the lying awake through the night?  How do you lose the fear?

Well, it’s not just about going to bed at the same time every night, and getting up at the same time every morning, (although that helps a lot).  To have a restful night, to lose the evil that plagues you, to lose the fear, you will have to change your whole life around.

There are a million blog posts, self-help books, inspirational speakers, and people offering spiritual guidance ~ personally I wouldn’t touch most of them with your ten-foot pole.  But for what it’s worth, here are some of the things my old granny used to say to me, if I complained of bad thoughts late at night and not being able to sleep.

Probably the worst things you can do at late at night are; drinking, smoking, eating, using social media, and having long telephone conversations.  And yet, so many of us you people do all of those things, late, every single night.

Listen to the advice your grandmother would have given you; go to bed early, turn off the light, and go to sleep.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

 

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15 responses

  1. Good advice Jack.

    I can’t always do this, because my husband finds listening to the radio all night keeps him asleep, but I personally find that turning off all electrical stuff (even standby) works. Also remove the clock to an adjacent room and making the room as dark as possible works for me.
    As you can imagine, with my Hubby’s penchant for the radio, not to mention a green glowing digital clock, I haven’t slept so well for the last 14 years!😯

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    1. Good Grief!
      He must be a really great guy in so many other ways.
      I know some women who would have been less than accommodating of a guys passion for listening to the radio all night… ❤ 😉

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      1. I am a very patient person Jack…and ear plugs help occasionally.😂

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      2. And an airline blindfold…😂💕

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    2. I firmly believe you’re either an angel, or a saint. ❤ ❤ 😉

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      1. Tee, hee! 😄 I’m neither, but I have worked a lot with massage therapy, reiki, healing therapies and animal communication, so I guess I have developed a patience and listening skill. My husband says I’m very ‘slow,’ (he calls me “slug a lug” when we go out for a walk), but I’m always trying to take everything in. I guess I’m just one of those odd tree-hugger people that everyone rolls their eyes at! 💕

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      2. I happen to like tree-huggers who take in the whole world and all it has to offer. ❤ ❤ 😉

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  2. lalalala I am not listening….lalalalala….I am not listening….. 🙂 okay, I am listening, just ignoring 🙂 hugs to all ❤

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    1. Oh, a late night owl perhaps….
      Hugs ❤ ❤ 😉

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  3. Good tips and advice! Thankfully I hug Garfield and sleep. Being a light sleeper I wake up often and so my sleep is always disturbed despite sleeping in an air con room and if someone is starting a car or a bike is zooming.

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    1. Aww, hugging Garfield must be so very nice. You and Garfield will always have good thoughts from Marmaduke to help you sleep. ❤ ❤ 😉

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      1. Likewise! Garfield will give you and Marmaduke good thoughts to sleep snugly too. Good night from my end💕💕

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  4. Good thoughts! Another thing I learned to do is when perfectly still, imagine each body part going to sleep one by one. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t!

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    1. What a great tip! I’ll Try that the next time I’m restless.
      Thank you Kris. ❤ ❤ 😉

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      1. Do remember to go to the bathroom first!! lol

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