Recently I have been having a fairly irregular sleeping patter, my bodyclock has been trying to readjust to normal 24hr days after splitting my sleep while having a Final Major Project to do during the day and having events to photograph in the night. I call it the 3 hour split – sleeping from 4am-7am and 6pm to 9pm. So my body has just decided either I need to sleep when I don’t want to or to not sleep when I really need it (I sit here writing this after having had about 4 hours sleep last night and being up for about 20 hours).

Instead of constantly being like, “Why can I not just sleep?”, I’ve decided to try to make use of not being able to sleep. Finishing personal projects that I never quite got completed, making new ones, practicing editing, job searching. I’m actually surprised by the amount that can be done when tired and only mentally able to focus on one thing at a time.

I even went out for a sunrise (at 4.30am) a couple days ago as I happened to sleep from 7-11pm. Definitely one of the best uses that I’ve had out of this sleep problem. I haven’t been up and out for a sunrise in what feels like ages, so being able to go out, shoot, and actually experience one felt so good. The place that I chose for this was Disraeli Monument as it is near to me and – more importantly – faces where the sun rises over the hill on the other side of the valley. It was also the place that I did a night mission to at the beginning of the academic year, so it’s a nice way for this year to come full circle.

As well as shooting self portraits, I got a little back into more landscape shots as I used to do around summer last year as well as playing about some more with 360, as that is something I want to improve at.

Yes, it is frustrating when you just can’t sleep. But, like every other situation, you just have to deal with it and make the best out of it.

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