I have been struggling with getting a good night’s sleep most of my adult life. I have trouble falling asleep about 50% of the time. It seems that the other 50% I wake up very early in the morning, typically 5am, with my mind already racing and unable to fall back asleep.

I’ve recently been working on replacing my old thought ” my day tomorrow is ruined” with my new thought ” I’m just going to get as much sleep as I do, and I’m still going to have a great day tomorrow”. This seems to be more effective when I’m falling asleep- I think because I’m more lucid at this time.

I’m still really struggling with the 5am wake ups. I’m working from the deficit of not being fully awake and aware before my brain has already kicked in to worrying and thinking old negative thoughts. It’s like I’m arriving late to a party that’s already in full swing and I don’t know how to fit in. I’m continuing to find it really challenging to address the thoughts and worry in my head in the middle of the night and find myself deep in frustration and hopelessness more often then not.