We had the sect leader visiting when I was young. He told us at Meeting, "When you wake up, get up! Don't lie in bed!"
So all that night the house was full of zombies who had woken in the night and felt they had to get up and do stuff and make noise, and oh boy was that a vicious circle!
We all slept better the next night.
I like the breathing. If I have trouble meditating, I just focus on my breathing and nothing else, and it does the trick.
Great writing. You have a gift for storytelling. More, please!