I’ve always had trouble falling back to sleep when I wake up at night – as a child, teenager, and adult. I wake up nearly every night. I’ve tried reading, meditating, cleaning, stretching and lots of other things that haven’t really helped. For the last several years I have listened to something familiar on my phone to help me get back to sleep (mostly Netflix (just listening) or a podcast) which does quiet my mind enough to go back to sleep. It only works when I listen to something I have already heard before that I don’t need to pay much attention to.
I would like to learn another way to get back to sleep so that I feel well-rested in the morning. I am very good about going to sleep and getting up at nearly the same time each day and don’t sleep in- even on the weekends. I then use sugar to help me when I am tired during the day ( I would like to get off sugar). I don’t consume a lot of caffeine and I fall asleep easily at night and am very disciplined about getting up each morning at 5- no snooze alarms for me. I plan on being in bed for 8 hours. More sleep sounds like heaven. Do you have any suggestions on what to do in the middle of the night?