5 Tips for Dealing with Insomnia

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Tick tock. In the middle of the night here in Thailand I am up and at ‘em. Wide awake. I feel agitated because my body is a bit off. But I also feel blessed know that running a home business means I can sleep in tomorrow.

Still I feel annoyed. I am not a robot. I enjoy having insomnia when my body feels better but tonight I simply want to fall asleep and recuperate. Since my body refuses to agree I need to take action steps to deal with insomnia effectively.

1: Write a Blog Post

Here I am. How can I be so prolific? I take full advantage of being an insomniatic dude for stretches. I create instead of whining or complaining. OK I complain a little bit but get to creating quickly if I wake in the middle of the night.

Write a blog post. Feel free to shoot a video or publish a newsletter too. Or if you are behind in the networking department spend some time on Facebook. Do whatever you need to do the following day. Then you can sleep in or if you work a 9-5 you can go to bed early without worrying about writing a blog post at night.

2: Breathe Deeply

Breathing deeply is one quick and easy way to slow down your thoughts, feelings and body during episodes of insomnia. What feels worse? Not getting enough sleep or tossing and turning as your mind races? I have things to do, places to go and all these ideas run through my mind at a breakneck pace.

All the while my neck becomes more stiff as I lay in bed. Breathing slowly reduced mental tension and physical tension in no time. Breathe deeply from your stomach. Follow your breath in through your nose and out through your nose. Relax your mind and body. Get back to bed.

3: Exercise

Exercise for a bit to dissipate any excess energy. Now I feel amped up. I have no clue why. I exercised for about 70 minutes today between my walks and afternoon session.

Maybe because I am eating light here in Thailand. When I eat light and exercise frequently my metabolism goes into overdrive and I experience insomnia from time to time. Tonight is one of those nights. So off to 2 or 3 trips up and down the 17 flights of stairs here in our condominium.

4: Have a Light Snack

Have a light snack to satiate any hungry feelings and lift your mood. No 6 pack of beer or sheet cake now. Chow down on an apple, have a glass of milk or down a light sandwich to get some nutrition in you and raise your vibe.

The act of eating can calm your nerves, relax your body and it can put you back to sleep. Make sure the meal is nutritious to feel better.

5: Build a Gratitude List

I ain’t gonna lie. At 12:48 AM my neck feels stiff, my stomach a little upset and I feel a sore throat coming on. I also have something to deal with back home which is not working out. Most annoying of all things is that normally aggressive me took a passive approach. Now I am paying the price.

I do have my health, a warm, comfy bed, a full stomach, laptop, tablet, internet connection, HBO HD…now not so bad, right? Even if I feel dizzy writing these words and agitated writing, and being awake, I can feel grateful for my life now.

What tips can you add to this list?

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Former fired security guard and current world traveler, Ryan Biddulph lives the internet lifestyle in tropical hot spots like Bali, Phuket, Koh Lanta and Hoi An.

Add trips to: Costa Rica, Peru, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, India and Myanmar, and you have the makings of a serious travel junkie.Ryan enjoys working out, meditating, taming tigers, feeding wild monkeys and helping you live internet lifestyle.
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