So, what should you absolutely NOT do when insomnia strikes at 4.21 am? Decide to ‘make good use of the time’ and answer that email from the person who has been driving you nuts over the last couple of months!

Why have I chosen to write about this today? Well, I am sure you can guess the answer – it is exactly what I did this morning! Ah well, too late – it’s winging it’s way to someone’s inbox right now… Durrrr I must bang into my head that waking at 4.21 am means I should jot down my positively inspirational ideas, even those that relate to a tricky problem but I shouldn’t get up and ‘DO’ anything other than have a cup of tea, walk the dog, do some yoga or if I am being super creative, write an article, continue with my new book draft, do some web design or mindmap about the new programmes that I am designing for my mastermind retreats.

Answering emails, or anything else that involves interaction with other people, particularly relating to work, needs to wait until a couple of hours later, and definitely after said walking of dog, yoga… and the chance to wake up and reflect on the day, life and other such serene things that will make me smile (and not be a grump 😉).

Actually, it is quite rare that I suffer from insomnia nowadays and I have become very skilled at pinpointing why and what is bothering me – it is rarely the obvious thing that springs to mind and is normally something deeper.

So, what helps at that time of the morning? If really you can’t get back to sleep, get up and do something creative, the walking dog and yoga ideas are really excellent as they distract you from whatever is bothering you, they are positive action and they are also healthy. If you don’t have a dog or are scared of walking around at 4.30 am in the morning in the pitch black – I love it, quiet, peaceful, beautiful mornings, hearing the wildlife sometimes as you go past the hedges and down the tracks – and if yoga or tai chi just aren’t your thing, then you should do something else creative, painting, sketching, writing, mindmapping, even reading a light, happy ‘feelgood’ book or watching an old comedy.

You feel better afterwards, not only have you distracted yourself, but you have calmed the angst and you are both pleased and proud of yourself that you have done something positive and creative! Smile it’s morning 😊

So how do you handle it? What do you do? How do you manage when you are hit by the occasional night of insomnia?


Anna Letitia Cook
Anna Letitia Cook

Anna Letitia Cook - author, speaker, radio presenter - is passionate about mentoring women in finding clarity and fulfilment in their life choices. She created and became CEO of her first company in the entertainment industry at age 32. Midlife approaching, hungry for a dynamic change, she refocused her experience, founding WomenUP Ltd to help women shape their own future. Creator of the 'SCOPE' and '4Fs' processes for career, fulfilment and holistic success. Author of ‘Unstoppable Goddess: Every Women’s Guide to Freedom, Fulfilment and Success’. UN Women's 2016-2017 Global Champion for Change @ Empower Women. ...On the personal front: Mum, Granny, ‘flattie’ owner, horse lover, ballet fanatic, hiker! Into castle renovations, sculpture, farming, yoga. Drinks tea...