Have you ever dreaded going to bed at night? You are afraid that when you turned off the light, you will just lie there with your eyes open and your mind racing.
I started experimenting with writing as an approach to dealing with the thoughts I have before sleeping which affected my sleep. Worrying gets in the way of getting a good night’s sleep. Stress makes it harder to sleep because the mind and the body are revved up and ready for action. The results can be unhelpful: lying in bed wide awake, having negative thoughts about sleep, and feeling frustrated because falling asleep isn’t happening. When you’re thinking about going to sleep but now you can’t sleep because you’re thinking too much about going to sleep.
The deepest thought is always at night, cause you’re mind isn’t distracted by your morning life. I have a whole journal dedicated to writing my worries. I can give you an insight into what I have been writing.
1 May 2021, I wrote a whole page, but I can give a few lines:
When you can’t sleep and start thinking about life. And you end up thinking about death, and you realize you’ll die someday
“Negative thinking from time to time is normal, especially depending on what’s happening in your life,” said Michael C. Marino, D.O., medical director of Geisinger Sleep Labs. “But if you have constant negative or anxious thoughts, your sleep may be to blame.”
But that raises a question: How does reading a book help?
Yes, it can be helpful in accelerating the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Because reading a book before bed is a known as a stress reducer, it can also help you fall asleep faster. Further, by distracting your brain with new information or someone else’s story, it can take your mind off of your own troubles.
The study found journaling reduced bedtime worry and stress, increased sleep time, and improved sleep quality. To try the technique used in the study, set aside 15 minutes each night for writing about a recent positive experience. Write about not only what happened, but also how you felt at the time. You can read more about the study.
But what journal should you choose? Well you can’t journal in ipads, iphone etc. Caouse that’s only going to disturb your sleep, so it has to be a physical journal. Well there are many types of ways to design your journals, but the best journal is cheep and can help with your messy thoughts. I would recomend using the classic Notebook with pen loop, it’s a A5 size, 180 pages.
Now you have a journal, keeping writing every night. And then when you wake up and solve that though, so you kind of relaxing the pressure/stress. Then my favourite part of it is to make those thoughts as a poem. Here is my worrying thought turned into a poem :
What if God told you Only had 20 minutes to live? All the people that did you wrong, Would you finally forgive? Would you be panicking, Hoping you could somehow stay longer Did the Lord's will on Earth, And that's what made you stronger Would you be upset? Would you be confused? Would you be content or convinced That this was bad news... Would you be alarmed? Would you be elated, or would you be Full of regret because of All the time that you've wasted? Why don't we talk about the dead? Until our last breath. We don't feel prepared. That makes us scared. Finality and uncertainty Death can be frightening, even for people of faith. Attending funerals, Seeing headlines, numerals places. About a relevant tragedy, That let the family tragically. Or having a health scare, No one can prepare for the rare death, Not even health care can cure death. putting a too-bright spotlight on death. Be serviceable for humanity Help people with constant thirst. Humanity for first. Love for all hated for none. Be that one and everyone Will become like you. You are hydrated Some are Dehydrated. Donate your time, Full-time or part-time You are comfy, Some can't be comfy. Help people, Then your death deserve some peacefulness. Be charitable Consider death is inevitable You see, life is full of questions. Some are underrated. Like, what if you got to Heaven, Would you be shocked that you made it? Life is full of questions... Some are understated…