Those Moments before Sleep – which you’ll Never Remember…

I don’t know why the human brain allows us to conjure up
such brilliance as we fall asleep, but it does.


Keep a notebook beside your bed and use it…and the ironic thing is my quote above was scribbled into my phone on One Note almost as I fell asleep…so you truly might just capture that moment of magic.


Bekah’s GCSE art from 2009 and The Doctor’s Journal of Impossible Things from ‘Human Nature’ episode, where John Smith keeps a journal of his dreams.

Don’t lose those thoughts, storylines, plans and grand ideas…keep a pen and notebook by your bed, or memo app on your phone…and write them down! 

Will Self said on writing:
“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.”

14 thoughts on “Those Moments before Sleep – which you’ll Never Remember…

  1. Julia Lund

    For me, it’s the moment before awake where ideas mainly drift. I have notebooks everywhere, by my bed and in every bag. I have been known to wake in the night and write in the dark, not just because I don’t want to wake my husband, but mainly because if I switch the light on, those half-dreams will evaporate.

    1. Lisa Shambrook Post author

      Oh, yes, been there, Julia! I even bought a pen with a light in the nib, and I’ve even scribbled in the dark – hard to decipher in the morning though! Now I just grab my phone and use my note app – still can be difficult to decipher atucorrect in the morning too! lol

  2. Let's CUT the Crap!

    those elusive ideas arrive when I’m about to fall asleep.
    Today, while driving, I had a aha moment and promised myself I would remember. Can’t just stop the car, right? Picked and picked my brain for an hour much later in the day. This is one time I found success and scribbled everything down at once! 😀 😀

    1. Lisa Shambrook Post author

      That’s so true, driving is another of those times when eureka moments hit – I get a lot of plot reveals while driving! It’s either pull over or keep repeating it until there’s a chance to pull over! For me, trying to remember it is so hard!

      1. Let's CUT the Crap!

        Trying to remember is hard for me as well. All I need to do is have a conversation with someone, look at someone coming in, or get side-tracked by a word or scratching my nose and that’s it–gone! Course I’m at that age…. 😀 😀 😀


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