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What To Do When You Can't Sleep

Because insomnia can be productive.

What To Do When You Can't Sleep

So your sleep schedule is all messed up, and you know you are in for a long night. Or your body just hates you and decides that it is never the time to sleep. For whatever reason you are awake, and you need something to do, here are a few things you can do when insomnia kicks in.


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Got some homework you put off or homework that isn't due for a while? Do it. Do any homework. Maybe it is just me, but I'm way more efficient when I can't sleep, and it is the dead of night. It is also one of the few times where I'm ahead on my work and that never hurts.

2. Project

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Have a project you should be starting on? Well, start it now. Troll your library catalog for an hour or get deep into that internet search. If it's a group project, I'm sure your partners will enjoy the fruits of your insomnia.


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Watch a bunch of movies or dive into that one series you have meant to start for a month. While it isn't as productive as the earlier two entries maybe what you need to relax is a good long Netflix binge.

4. Read

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I guess you can read for class, but I was thinking of reading that one book for pleasure you've had on your shelf for half a year, but kept putting off because it just hurts to read anything past your required texts. Just read that poor book, it's been waiting patiently.

5. Write

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Write something for pleasure or just laughs. You never know you might get something salvageable out of it. I find I write weird, interesting poems when I'm a little crazy from lack of sleep.

6. Color/Draw

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I like to color in coloring books when I'm in class, or I can't sleep. If you actually can draw you can make something a bit more artistic. I know I'll be sticking to my adult coloring books, and still making mistakes on those.


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Play a game, which ever game you like depending on your preferences! Anything from solitaire to Pokemon! Maybe you have a game in your backlog you've been dying to start. Now is the time.

8. Find a buddy

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If you have a friend who also can't sleep or maybe is in another time zone get together (be in it real life or virtually) and do whatever you want! Talk about politics or maybe how cute baby ducks are. Anything to pass the time. Be warned, conversations, when you are both tired, can get real weird real fast but isn't that the best part?

9. Write Your Article

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You are terrible and put off writing your Odyssey article every week so why not do it at 2 AM on a Friday? I'm not doing anything else of importance, and I can use insomnia as a topic to write about. (Not like I could think of anything better.)

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