10 Things You Can Do At Night If You Have Insomnia

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.


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.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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