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 designer-turned-mindset coach who helps creative business owners to spend less time and energy in overwhelm and more focus on living their highest potential.  Vanessa is an expert at guiding you to speak your truth and feel confident to create anything you put your mind to.


Working through over 30 years of self-neglect, Vanessa is a living example of what the power of the mind can do.  Through brain training and getting really good at self-compassion, she self-healed her symptoms of fatigued adrenals, depression and poor gut health.


Vanessa’s mission is to help you live your life deliberately, so you can show up not only to serve others at your best, but to serve yourself in the fullness of who you are.

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