Sleep Better with Journaling

Author - Mari L. McCarthy
Published - July 24, 2013

By Debra DiPietro, The Warm Milk Journal

Here are three ways I use my writing journal to help me sleep well at night.

girlThere is something so healing about writing. Writing can help us in many areas of our lives including getting a good night sleep. 

Here are my top three ways to use my journal to get a good night sleep:

  1. Write away my worries. Somehow when I write things down and for a moment allow myself to contemplate the worst case scenario… it doesn’t seem as bad (when it is written down on paper) as when it continues to spin and fester in my “monkey mind”.
  2. Write a prayer. Having a conversation with God write before I turn out the light fills me with a sense of being loved, cared for, and peace.
  3. Write a list. Whether it is my list of favorite movies, places I wish to visit, or a list of the all- time great songs to listen to while working out… the listing is a pleasurable and very relaxing activity. Before I know it I am ready to go to sleep.

“If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. “ ~ Dale Carnegie


Please share your experience with journaling and healthy sleep in the comments!

Debra DiPietroDebra DiPietroI am a mom, school teacher, and resident of sunny Florida. For many years I was challenged with anxiety and insomnia issues. I am doing much better now and wish to help anybody out there who is having a hard time sleeping at night. When I am not writing in my journal chances are pretty good you will find me walking on the beach or spending time with my family. Please visit me at

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