I have done lots of things in the name of a sounder night of shut eye from chugging SOM SLEEP for a week to lavender-infused, well, everything. Now, I'm adding one more to the list: Grabbing my journal.
As New York City-based dentist, Dr. Martha Cortés, DDS, who sub-specializes in the treatment of sleep breathing disorders, explained to PureWow, writing can help calm down your thoughts and help you shift into a state of relaxation. What you actually jot down doesn't matter, so feel free to experiment with writing in the stream of consciousness style, venting about something troubling you, or making a to-do list for the next day.
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It should go without saying, but be sure to do your writing with a pen or pencil and paper. Using your smartphone or another electronic device before bed can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.
Who knows, this method may even help you stumble on your next great idea before you drift off to dreamland.