I have self-diagnosed myself with a very serious condition. It’s called Night Brain. I fall to sleep easily when I crawl into bed, but I wake up anywhere between two and four hours later to a busy brain. There are times when I can pinpoint stress, but more often than not, it happens when I’m developing a story and the ideas seem to come in the still of the night. Often, I can make a couple of notes in Index Card on my phone and go back to sleep, but some nights, like last night, that’s not enough. The scene begs to be written.
I roll around telling myself I might be too groggy to write well. That’s a lie. I’m wide awake.
I tell myself if I get up I will be extra tired the next day. Really? Like tossing and turning while characters run around in all the nooks and crannies of my head is going to help me be better rested? I am also curious if thirty minutes to and hour of writing might settle everybody down enough to get back to sleep versus being awake the rest of the night.
So, I pose this question to you: What do you do when you come down with Night Brain?