10 Things You Can Do At Night If You Have Insomnia

February 21, 2020

Insomnia is such a common side effect of any mental illness and can be so disruptive to your life. I’d write a post about how to cope with insomnia, but I’ve already done that and you’re probably sick of hearing about it. This a guide on undisruptive things you can do at 3am when you still can’t get that much needed sleep. My insomnia often comes with mean thoughts and analytical thoughts of things that don’t even matter. These things can help reroute the energy from that negativity in to something positive.

Read To Combat Insomnia

Yes, it’s an obvious one. It’s also one that your neighbours, partners, roommates or parents can’t complain about. Reading is quiet, it uses up brain power and keeps you busy all while taking you to an imaginary world. The bonus of this one is that you may be able to get to sleep easier, although not a guarantee.


Insomnia is why this blog exists. I had so much energy at night so started writing. Sometimes getting your thoughts out can help your brain calm down a bit. It’s a productive use of time and it’s another quiet activity you can partake in. It’s a good way to feel like sat in bed staring at the ceiling all night.

Prepare Meals

Get ready for the day ahead by preparing your lunch when you’re restless. If you’re anything like me you’ll be rushing around in the morning and will forget to make your lunch before heading to work, so why not prepare the night before?

Sort Out “The Drawer”

We all have one. The junk drawer where we put things we don’t use, but may need in the future or where we put things that have no other place. Use your time awake to be productive and sort the drawer out, give things their place and throw out the things you don’t need.

Sew Your Clothes

Sew all the clothes you keep saying you’ll get round to sewing because they got a hole. This may not apply to everyone, but it can certainly be a productive use of your time.

Label Your Drawers

This might sound like an uneccesary task, but there is nothing more satisfying than a label maker. Label the jars in your kitchen and the drawers if you have to. If you’re learning a new language make a label with the word in the other language and stick them around your house.

Plan A Holiday

You may be experiencing insomnia if you’re stressed, so when better to start looking at holiday locations and researching where you want to go and the costs. Don’t worry about paying for it, just come up with a plan you can look at again at a more reasonable hour.

Watch A Film

I know it’s not recommended to look at a screen if you’re trying to sleep, but if sleep isn’t happening anyway what is the harm? Watch that film you keep saying you’re going to watch but never quite get round to. Who knows, it may help you relax and help the insomnia ease off a bit.

Organise Your Bookshelf or Wardrobe

This is a good one because you can do it over many nights if need be and you wake up in a nicer and tidier space. I find that organising my DVDs and Books by author or by alphabetical order keeps my brain busy, but also makes me sleepy.

Have A Bath

When else do you have the time to have a really relaxing bath where no one will disturb you – not even your friends messaging. Put your phone away, get the bubble bath out and take a couple hours to relax. You won’t regret it.

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  • Reply Sakshi Raina June 6, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I love this post πŸ˜€
    It’s a great idea to make the most of our time when we couldn’t sleep, I tend to spend time on social media instead.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 6, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Thank you! I used to do the same, spend time on social media, but I always got caught up in conversations that I had to reply to then and it kept me up haha

  • Reply Samantha June 6, 2020 at 10:23 am

    I like to take a hot bath or watch movies when I can’t sleep! Great post!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 6, 2020 at 10:24 am

      I have recently started taking baths when I can’t sleep, makes a huge difference to my overall mood as well because I get so relaxed.

  • Reply Lindsay Stevenson June 6, 2020 at 10:24 am

    I’ve started struggling to sleep during lockdown so thanks for the tips. (I went to Edinburgh Uni. Sooo jealous that you live there! Missing my annual pilgrimage this year 😒)

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 6, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Yeah, my sleep pattern during lockdown is suffering so much! Been trying to practice these myself. Awww, Edinburgh misses you! Definitely my favourite city I have lived in so far.

  • Reply Nyxinked June 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I always get up and write or go for a short walk to try and get to sleep. I am a TERRIBLE sleeper and always have been.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Vera June 6, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Great ideas! There are times where I suffer from insomnia, next time I’ll try some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kimmy June 6, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    These tips are helpful. Thank you for sharing! πŸ’“

  • Reply Mike DeVincent June 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog post!

    I think that these days, more and more people can relate to the inability to sleep soundly at night! There is too much stress going around the world!

    That is why your blog post is perfectly timed and why I feel compelled to comment. We could probably all benefit from spending our time more wisely these days, doubly so for when one cannot sleep peacefully and restfully.

    Thank you once again for sharing, and I hope that you enjoy an extraordinarily-awesome day!



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