What do you do when you can’t go back to sleep?


On Wednesday morning, I woke up in the middle of the night.  I didn’t think anything of it. I went to the washroom and then proceeded to check what time it was.  

It was 1:30am.

That was the moment my brain made it into something.

I thought “I better fall back asleep.  I have a 7am coaching call, plus an all-day seminar AND two more calls after that!  It’s going to be a long day and you need the sleep for it!”

Of course, what do think happened?

I couldn’t fall back asleep.

My mind was running a marathon, buzzing with random thoughts, ideas and things to do.

  • You should go to sleep.
  • Oh dear I have bad B.O.
  • Gift to Diane.
  • Send email to Rina.
  • It’s ok you will remember all of these ideas tomorrow.

I tried hard to talk myself back to sleep.

When that didn’t work, I tried my breathing exercise.  That didn’t work.

My mind was still running.

At one point, I thought “This would be a good time to do a mind dump.”

But my mind resisted.  

I was thinking, “I can do this without it.  It’s too much effort. It’s going to wake me up even more if I grab my pen and paper now.” (My pen and journal was right next to me.)


I continued to try to talk myself back to sleep for what seemed like another couple hours before I finally surrendered to doing a mind dump.

At this point I thought, “Well I’ve been up for so long, what’s another 30 minutes!”

As soon as started to dump my thoughts onto paper, my mind quiet down.

LOL!  I thought “really come on Vanessa, you could have done this long time ago!’

The fact was, I didn’t do the mind dump right away.

I was meant to have resisted so that I would have that experience.

I learned from it and now I get to share the story with you.

Can’t go back to sleep?



Simply write all that’s in your head ON TO PAPER!

It doesn’t matter that you can’t see what you’re writing, just get it out of your mind!

It's not useful to have them all up in your head.

Our brain has a lot to do for the day, we can help it out!


After my mind dump, I fell asleep I think for only half an hour before my alarm went off, but I felt fine all day because my mind was cleared.  I knew a learning experience came out of it.


Live Freely XO,

Vanessa Leung

Vanessa Leung is a Certified Life and Wellness Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki energy practitioner and the founder of 80/20 Living & Co.

Mindset is everything!  Clearing over 30 years of doubt, guilt and fear, Vanessa is a living example of what the power of the mind can do.  Through mind training and practicing self-compassion, she self-healed her symptoms of depression, eczema, cystic acne, fatigued adrenals and poor gut health.  She lives a life of abundance based on LOVE vs. FEAR.

Vanessa’s purpose is to create awareness and share her self-healing tools to help high-achieving business owners to drop their "I WANT TO but I CAN’T” identity, live their truth and unleash their infinite potential for greatness.

Vanessa teaches a practical and simple solution to work through the root cause of all distractions.  Her clients learn how to build a strong resilient mindset so they can effectively work through any doubt, guilt or fear they face on a daily basis so they can focus their time and energy on serving others while living a fulfilled and healthy life.


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