Recently at a conference, a speaker asked for a show of hands of people who are good sleepers. Less than ten percent of the audience raised their hand. The speaker asked the good sleepers, “what do you think about as you fall asleep?”
They all had the same answer, “NOTHING”. There is a connection between quieting the mind and falling asleep. Journaling before bed is a practice that can help clear your mind in order to sleep better at night.
So, what keeps YOU up at night?
Here are some tips to structure this new journaling routine:
Create categories for your journaling that makes sense to you. You may even want to have several journals dedicated to different topics.
What are all the things?
What creative projects keep swimming in your brain? Get them down on paper and out of your dreams.
Things you want to do but will take some time to plan:
During this journaling exercise, put an appointment in your calendar.
ALSO, keep those appointments.
Give yourself several nights to see if this practice puts your mind at ease and helps you sleep. Adjust it to fit your needs. Figure out what optimizes the practice for you.
After you journal take a few minutes to breathe, meditate, or pray. Allow yourself to transition from thinking to rest.
I hope this helps.