Self-care

How can insomnia be a good thing?

Insomnia can be quite unpleasant. Who wants to be tired and cranky the next day, right?

But as the clock ticks and you’re still awake, you come to the point of acknowledging that you’re going to be tired anyway.
So why not using the time you can’t sleep for something good and productive, right?

What can you do when you can’t sleep?

  • You can start a blog or just sharing some thoughts in your private journal.
  • You can read a book you couldn’t find the time for.
  • You can clean or do something else you were avoiding for a long time.
  • You can have a long conversation with yourself.
  • You learn how to be alone and enjoy your own company. (No, not everyone can do this.)
  • You get to enjoy all of the silence the night brings with it.
  • You can dream awake without being accused of daydreaming.
  • You can poke your sleeping partner until you get yourself an insomnia buddy.

In one sentence, you can do almost everything you couldn’t do during the day. Or just be. Sometimes this is enough too.

You can also intentionally deprive yourself of sleep. To set your biological clock to zero, for example. But according to science, long term insomnia is really not a good thing.

How do you deal with insomnia, can you find it useful from time to time?

Further reading:
16 Awesome Benefits Of Having Insomnia
The Secret Benefits of Sleep Deprivation You Didn’t Know About
13 Hacks in Keeping a Circadian Rhythm + Zeitgebers

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