March 28, 2019 2 Comments

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?

  • Conversations that you had earlier in the day?
  • A big decision that needs to be made soon?
  • A relationship in conflict?
  • Financial worries?
  • Creative ideas?

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.


Mind Dump: 

What are all the things?

  • What needs to be done tomorrow?
  • What needs to be done next week?
  • Who needs to be contacted for what?
  • What needs to be planned, purchased, or shopped for?
  • Who do you need to contact for help?

Creative Ideas:

What creative projects keep swimming in your brain? Get them down on paper and out of your dreams.



  • When are payments due?
  • How can you create quick cash?


Relationship Issues: 

  • What are your feelings about the relationship now?  
  • What is the actual problem in the relationship?
  • Is this relationship typically life giving?
  • Does the other person think there is a problem?
  • Does it seem like this relationship could change and improve?
  • Have you asked for specific a change?


Things you want to do but will take some time to plan:

During this journaling exercise, put an appointment in your calendar.

  • “Dream about starting my own business”
  • “Brainstorm about writing a book”

ALSO, keep those appointments.


Time Limits:

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.

  • Does it work best if you write non-stop for 15 minutes without editing?
  • Do you need more time?

After you journal take a few minutes to breathe, meditate, or pray. Allow yourself to transition from thinking to rest.

I hope this helps.



2 Responses


March 28, 2019

So, now this makes gives me one more reason I am glad I purchased my weighted blanket from y’all! The fact that you partner with women who could use support and they make the blankets, well that is reason enough:) But this sure does add another layer! You care about your people… may you be blessed beyond measure and continue to make a difference in the lives of others!

Joshua J Durham
Joshua J Durham

March 28, 2019

This is so good! Journaling always helps me keep my mind clear before I sleep! I also recommend using the Calm app for guided mindfulness, it was a game changer for me.

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