Many people have trouble sleeping; apparently about one third of the population. I suspect I’m among the “one-third.” I call it EMA -early morning anxiety. For me that moment of full awakeness occurs like clockwork just before 3 a.m. At that time, my head is full of thoughts; things I need to do, things I should have done, things I’d like to do. Maybe I’ve been working on a project or a major speech and I awake with (at least in my opinion) profound and wise thoughts. I always promise to remember those great thoughts but when I go to retrieve them later that day they are gone. All that remains is a slight memory they they were ever there.
It wasn’t that long ago that the state of wakefulness, or second sleep, was quite normal. In fact, some of our most productive time is in between sleeps.
So next time you can’t sleep, get out of bed, read a book or, like writer Cynthia Reyes, put pen to paper (please stay away from the computer screen). Here are Cynthia’s Late Night Thoughts:
Dear Friends: With a new book out in January of all months, I’m delinquent in both my updates and following. I read at least 10 blog posts a day, but it’s not always enough.
For now, I thought I’d share some of my late-night thoughts, written over several years.
Stopping to acknowledge our privileges, no matter how small — and giving thanks for them — allows us to dwell in the realm of the positive instead of rushing headlong into solving the next problem, or worrying about it.
When the leaves fall, we suddenly see all kinds of things that were hidden. One morning I woke up and looked through the window, and there was our stream, rushing and sparkling through the woods.
On many days, my near-past was a distant planet. It twinkled against the impenetrable darkness of what should have been memory.
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