I’m awake. It’s 5:21am. I’m feeding my baby and playing on my phone so that I don’t fall asleep. How did people stay awake before mobile phones? Is there an oppposite to counting sheep? Maybe they sat and tried to remember all the embarrassing things that they had ever done. That’s enough to keep anyone awake.
5:21am falls smack bang in the midst of the ‘What’s the Point Hour’. It’s so nearly time to get up that if you did get back to sleep, it would be for such a short while that it probably wouldn’t make you feel any better. In fact, it could even make you feel worse. Or maybe you won’t get back to sleep at all. Maybe you will lie there, watching the time tick by, repeatedly calculating how much sleep you could get if you fell asleep now. Or now. Or now. Or now.
What’s the alternative though? Try to do something productive? Like maybe catch up with replying to emails, finishing your online food shop or even painting the walls of the new nursery. You could catch up with chores but only the quiet ones like dusting and ironing. Who am I kidding? I have a newborn baby. Dusting and ironing are non-essential jobs right now. Folding and putting away laundry though, well that’s my bread and butter. I’d definitely avoid doing the vacuuming or loading the dishwasher though. It may be cute when birds make a whole lot of noise at this time of the morning, but you can bet thatno one will think it’s cute if you do.
Maybe use the time as ‘you time’ and enjoy a brew in peace while you wonder what your life has become that you have to snatch ‘you time’ at 5:21am. Or nudge your sleeping partner to inform them that they’re in sole charge of the baby, pull on your trainers and head out for a run. Be sure to run slowly so that you have plenty of time to work out how long it would be before someone found you if you tripped and horribly injured yourself at this time in the morning.
Or maybe you could just write a blog post about all the things you could do. But never actually do any of them.