“Along the lines of positive affirmation, writing in a diary shortly before bedtime can be extraordinarily beneficial. It can be a way of really seeing what you’ve done that’s affirmed your mental, spiritual, and physical health, as well as any deeds you’ve done that have had positive effects on others. If a person spends some time at the end of each day reflecting on what they’ve done in the past 24 hours that’s been positive, and on plans for the next day, he or she gains a sense of completeness about the day. In a sense, then, diary-writing legitimizes going to bed; it’s as if you can now see that you really deserve the good night’s sleep you’re about to get.” (p. 170)
Null, G. 2000. The Food-Mood-Body Connection. New York, N.Y.: Seven Stories Press.