When you have a lot on your mind at the end of the day, it can be tough to fall asleep. If this is a familiar annoyance for you, try a brain dump before bed.
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Most of us have a ton of thoughts buzzing around our heads at bedtime. These might be reminders, ideas or just random interesting things you’ve been thinking about. In an interview with Tim Ferris, philosopher Alain de Botton explains his strategy for quieting these thoughts before bed. He tells Ferris he spends a few minutes quickly writing down all of his random thoughts before bed.
An end of the week brain dump can be useful, but doing one before bed is a great way to clear your head and still make sure your thoughts are processed. Of course, if you explore these thoughts too deeply, that can backfire and keep you awake thinking about them. To combat this, de Botton simply writes down a few short phrases or words to represent those larger ideas. This helps him make the ideas tangible so he can get them out of his head and onto paper, then revisit them later.
It’s worth a try if you have trouble falling asleep due to racing thoughts. Check out the interview for yourself at the link below.