1) When still in bed:
– Toss and Turn: You are likely to get tired of all the ‘tossing and turning’ and fall asleep again
– Talk to the voices in your head (like I do): Debate whether to wake up and chop veggies for breakfast or just play the waiting game.
– Keep checking the time every few moments: This can be tiring, boring and may eventually force you t o get off the bed. Give it around 60 minutes, I say.
2) Change the bed covers and pillow covers:
– Helps if they have been washed with one of those annoying scented laundry detergents: A good reminder to never buy them again.
– Make sure the bed sheet is the right size. Mine was twice as big, and it only meant spending too much time deciding which way to fold the extra length and also left me with a pain in the neck.
– For more help on this: http://www.overstock.com/guides/how-to-put-sheets-on-a-bed
3) Dish out revenge on ‘Whats App’ users:
– I find it very irritating to see so many online 24 x 7, and keep guessing if they are really awake or asleep or away but online – before sending them a message.
– Switch on your computer, connect to the internet, log in and message everyone on your list: whether online or away or busy.
– Wishing them a ‘Good Morning’ at 3:30 AM can be a particularly joyful revenge.
4) Write ‘love letters’ to strangers:
– Watch Hannah Brencher talk at TED about leaving love letters for strangers.
– She runs The World Needs More Love Letters, a letter exchange dedicated to connecting strangers across the globe through the art of letter writing
– You can learn the art of ‘love lettering’ here.
(I plan to do this soon, so watch out for more. Better to a stranger than a daunting lover, I imagine)
5) Come up with your own ideas on things to do when awake at 3:30 AM.
– This can take anything between 60 seconds to 60 minutes.