Dreams and that Precious Falling-Asleep Space

I read about someone who journaled in the morning in order to capture his dreams. Over a period of time, he watched for themes in those dreams.

I don’t dream, or at least I don’t remember anything about them, but I’ve discovered something similar.

Was it Edison who practiced nodding off in a chair while holding a ball, which would fall when he fell asleep? He’d capture his thoughts at that point.

Yes, in this Scientific American article, Thomas Edison is said to have napped while holding a ball in each hand, expecting that, as he fell asleep, they’d fall and wake him. This way he could capture his thoughts as he began to doze.

I’ve discovered that magical space, that semilucid stage between sleep and wakefulness—known as a hypnagogic state, once I lie down, even for a nap, but especially at night with the light off. I’ve written pages of notes during that amazing sweet spot. Now I anticipate and thank God for it in amazement.

I wait until morning to decipher what I wrote, but many times I’m amazed at gems I most likely wouldn’t have remembered.

Ready for the magic to happen. Some scribbles already!

Do you dream? Do you remember them? Are they useful or not?


  1. I dream. I remember few of them, unless they wake me up. I don’t dare try to write them down at the moment because if I did I’d NEVER get back to sleep! Usually, as soon as I awake, my mind begins to race about things I need to do, the current work in progress, etc. (Perfect example: what happened after my recent PJNet.tv interview!

    • I had the same problem after your interview! And also Craig Matthews’ last night. Not even my interview, but sure kept my brain busy for an extra couple of hours both times.

    • I think it’s by getting to log in live. It’s more like getting in on a conversation instead of just watching, and it always stirs up thinking. I enjoyed yours!

  2. Sometimes I dream in sequence. I dreamt about the progression of a situation for three nights in a row. I was eager to know how it would end, but I woke up on the third morning and never dreamt about it again! Thanks for the interesting dream tips, Joy. 🙂

  3. Like Liz, I tend to remember anxiety or frustration dreams the most. Not enlightening, in my opinion. Once in a great while, I might have a creative thought before falling asleep and might even write it down, but it’s rare.

    • From a young friend (early 50s): “I had heard about this as well and did this for a period of time where I wrote down what I had been dreaming immediately when I woke up, it was amazing! I had no idea I was having these dreams until I had trained myself to write them down immediately when I woke.” Hmmm

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