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 can learn how to be alone and enjoy your own company.
  • 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. (If you’re both ok with this of course)

In one sentence, you can do almost everything you couldn’t do during the day. Or just breathe. 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

16 thoughts on “How can insomnia be a good thing?”

  1. I loved the nighttime for that, being a night owl, I loved that time of day. Still, even with medications I can find myself awake during the night, these ides are great thank you.( Generally my meds do as well.)

    • Thanks, Robin.
      Oh, I know the sleep deprivation thing… I have plenty of experience with it when I was younger. Now I don’t tolerate insomnia as well anymore. It’s nice to hear that’s been amazing for you πŸ™‚

  2. Reblogged this on WordyNerdBird and commented:
    This post struck a chord with me. I hate my insomnia, but because of it, I have written some incredible poetry at 3am.

    I do try to manage it, and to practise good sleep hygiene, but sometimes my pain levels and my brain conspire against me.

    On those night when I am not able to write, I find listening to talkback radio, a podcast or an audiobook helps me to relax and and least rest while I am awake.

    I’d love to know what works for you.

    • I can relate to the pain and brain thing… I don’t remember a good encouraging words for this.
      I try not to fight it but rather ‘enjoy it’.
      Usually I just lay and rest, sometimes I listen to mindfulness guide. This can put me back to sleep.

  3. At times I have had really bad insomnia episodes and I used to worry about it because I had a job that required quite a lot of energy. Eventually I decided I was making it worse, so I would get up and wander around or I’d read a book, or just lie and think without worrying. I still sometimes can’t sleep, but I don’t fret about it anymore. Fretting just makes you more tired.


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