Some people have said I have too much energy. I never really felt that, especially in my early life, but these days I seem to be getting that more and more. And when I look at it, I can see that I rarely sleep more than 8 hours a night and rarely ever get 7.
For years I have been told that I have a problem, that I must have insomnia, since I can never get to bed early. The fact that I do not often get much sleep also seems connected, but these days I am looking at it a little differently.
What I have noticed over time is that indeed I do not need as much sleep as many people. Sometimes the amount I sleep fluctuates between sleeping as little as 4 hours and as many as 8, with the average being about 5.5 to 6.5 hours. I do not know why that is, but it is so. What I do know is that I have a lot of energy and generally feel really good. So what gives?
It sees that as long as I am sleeping about 6 hours I can do everything I need to do and I can be pretty energetic. I also noticed that I'm usually up until about 1 or 2am, looking for one more thing to do. It's true that I am driven, but I can tell you it is not related to not being able to sleep. I just do not feel tired or sleepy, and this has nothing to do with nerves. I have this experience whenever I have something important to do or whether tomorrow is just another day. I just can not seem to get myself to bed.
So, what I do, which is something a number of you might want to try, is do something fun and productive. I do not mean getting some extra work done, because that is more an indication of obsession and nerves. What I mean is read something inspirational, meditate, or my favorite, exercise.
Exercise? Really? Yes, really. I know that many will counsel to wind things down and not do anything that will excite you, but that advice is often wrong and does not work for everyone. Exercise does not always hype people up. Many times exercise has the opposite effect, and relaxes the body / mind, especially if it is conscious exercise like yoga, qigong, stretching, or slow motion calisthenics.
The reason I know this is that since I started doing my exercise routine at night, which rarely ever goes more than 45min, I find that I really sleep well, waking up feeling refreshed, happy and alive. But more importantly, I have no trouble falling asleep. My partner can tell you that I'm usually asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillow and rarely move through the time that I am sleeping.
So, if you find that it is hard for you to get to sleep, maybe you also might have too much energy. This is actually a good problem to have. It means you are vibrant, healthy and alive. You just might happen to have a little extra that is getting in the way of you getting to bed when others are. All you need to do is take a little time for yourself, do something that you enjoy, exercise, etc., and you will be good. Try it and you will see that you will sleep better and wake up feeling more alive.