I wake up fretting around 1:30 most nights. I lay in bed for about an hour with my mind chattering away, and everything seems dreadful. I've tried brain-dumping in a notebook before going to bed, meditation, prayer, thinking good thoughts, etc. The chatter finally melts away, and I fall back to sleep. In the morning, reality is never so dreadful as it felt the night before.
I'm in the midst of a particularly stressful project at work, and here I am wide awake at midnight! This time I just got my *ss out of bed. Feels much better than laying there tossing and turning. And I see I'm not the only one online right now.
Is this just a pattern we are stuck with? Is it the coffee we drank the morning before? Does it get worse for you when you are stressed? How do you deal with it?
(Sending good "get some sleep" thoughts your way!)