I know insomnia isn't rare - some of my best friends are consistently awake at 3 a.m - but I've never not been able to sleep. I've tried everything - switched mattresses, flipped mattresses, bought a new pillow, a new comforter, worked out more, napped less, cut my caffeine intake, prayed more regularly.
For a while, I fought it, forcing my eyelids back together, reigning in the mile-a-minute false-connection making activity of my brain (think a combination of David Foster Wallace, Philippians, and Aaron Sorkin - incredibly unhelpful for sermon-writing), and willing myself back to sleep. It doesn't stick. I wake up, 12 minutes later, more disoriented and angry at myself than before.
So, I'm starting to give in. I'm awake, so I might as well act like it. At least then I avoid the worst-case scenario whining my brain tends to default to when I try to make her do something she doesn't want to do (violent intruders, midnight coffee-maker fires, aforementioned false connection making). 3 a.m. sounds like a perfect time to decline some Greek nouns, don't you think?
Seriously, any suggestions, either on how to sleep through the night or what I might do while I can't?