Why You Should Keep a Notebook On Your Nightstand

Why You Should Keep a Notebook On Your Nightstand

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Brittney Morgan
Oct 6, 2016

Ever have those nights when you can't fall asleep because your mind is racing? Can you remember the last time you woke up with a great idea, only to forget it before you had your morning coffee? One tiny change can help you free up your mind and keep track of all your important thoughts—just keep a notebook on your nightstand.

Here are two major reasons why you should join the nightstand notebook club...

You'll Sleep Better

If you're anything like me, you've probably had some overactive mind-induced restless nights. Sometimes, the stress of having too much to do—or the fear of forgetting something—can keep you up at night, especially when it feels like you don't have a plan for conquering it all. Writing down all the things you've yet to get done can help you feel less overwhelmed—getting your tasks out of your head and on paper, devising a plan and creating a to-do list can help you un-jumble all those nervous thoughts.

It may not always be the solution to your sleeplessness, but I've found that making physical lists the night before I have tasks to complete helps me feel a little less stressed and a lot more productive the next day. Having a notebook by your bed means you don't have to get up to write down all your worries, and you don't have to use your phone to make notes—two things that can make it even harder to fall asleep.

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You'll Be More Creative ...and Less Foggy

Studies show that sleep helps you problem-solve and be more creative, which explains the whole "sleep on it" saying. Dreams have also been shown to increase creative thoughts, so if you've ever woken up from a dream with the perfect solution or an awesome new idea, you're definitely not alone.

Both naps and deep sleep can help you look at things from new angles, so having a notebook nearby when you're freshly awake means you can take advantage of that creativity boost—plus, if you don't write down your ideas, you might forget them. Take some time during that post-sleep inspiration time to brainstorm and flesh out the brilliant-but-groggy thoughts that come to you by making note of them in a journal, and never forget to put your amazing ideas to use again.

Do you keep a nightstand notebook? How does it help you?

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