This pre-bedtime ritual has helped three of my online coaching clients get a good night sleep for the first time in weeks.
Ninety percent of my clients are Type A, driven, goal-oriented, which is a big reason why they achieve the results they do.
It’s also why they don’t sleep well.
Type A personalities loathe relaxation. It feels like time wasted that could be spent getting shit done.
This makes falling asleep difficult. And of course, every problem in the world needs to be solved between 12–6 a.m.
This is why journaling before bed is such a powerful sleep aid.
It allows you to take the thoughts swirling around in your dome, and lay them out on a piece of paper.
It’s almost magical the way your thoughts can travel down your neck, through your arm, and spill out through the end of the pen, taking up a new home on the page.
This means you’re going to bed with a clear mind.
And we know better sleep means better nutrition, better workouts, a leaner body, and the sun shines a little brighter.
What this journaling exercise is not:
It’s not a careful, coherent documentation of your past.
And it’s not a well thought out plan for your next day.
It’s a stream of consciousness, spewing out from your mind, and splashing onto the paper. It doesn’t need to be coherent, or well- written.
Bonus: Being the focused, driven and intelligent individual that you are means you have great ideas every day that go undocumented.
Journaling at night will allow you to capture those ideas so you can implement them into your life.
On the topic of sleep, what pre-bed routines do you use to help you knock out like a baby?
I’m always looking for new ideas, and I would love to hear yours.
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