What do you like to do when you can’t sleep?

I usually have no trouble falling asleep, but sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. Since I know how important sleep is for my health, I always get annoyed when this happens.

In the past, I used to just lie in bed thinking, but this prevented me from falling back asleep.

Now, when I can’t sleep, I like to read on my Kindle with the brightness turned all the way down.

Reading won’t put me back to sleep right away, but it usually does within an hour instead of the two to three hours it takes when I just let my mind race. I only read nonfiction, so it’s rare for me to find a page-turner that’s so gripping I can’t put it down. As soon as I feel myself dozing off, I’ll set the Kindle down on my nightstand and go back to sleep.

The dimming of brightness on the Kindle also helps. I know if I get up and start watching TV, looking at a computer screen, or playing on my phone, the brighter lights will signal to my brain that I should be awake, making it difficult for me to go back to sleep.

Getting enough sleep is always my top priority at night, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen, even if I go to bed on time and do everything right. So I figure I might as well make use of the time my body is forcing me to be awake and not waste it.

Reading is something I always tell myself I want to do more of, but don’t make time for during the day.

The way I see it, if I can’t sleep for an hour at night and this happens to me a couple of times a week, at least I’ll get two hours of weekly reading in, which I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Over the course of a month, that’s 8-10 hours of reading, which is enough time for me to get through several nonfiction books and learn valuable skills that can improve my life.

And if I sleep through the night every day, that’s also a win.

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