75 Peaceful Night Journaling Prompts To Bring Calm And Rejuvenation

Last Updated on August 29, 2023

Ah, peaceful nighttime. The world becomes encased in a blanket of moon and stars, and there is quiet, and calm. It’s the perfect time to explore your inner thoughts and emotions with night journaling prompts.

The busyness of the day is over, we get the kids into bed, and find some time to relax on the couch, maybe watch a little television, or pick up the book we’ve been reading, and just breathe a sigh.

For many, however, that’s where the calm and relaxation ends. Fifty to seventy million people in the United States alone suffer from sleep problems.

There has been a rise in the number of youth who have sleep issues in recent years. This is a result of increased mental health problems, and screen time.

Young people stay up late into the night playing video games. Some are so addicted that they don’t take breaks to eat or even go to the washroom.

Time on screens has increased to an alarming degree, and not just among young people.

Adults take their cell phones, iPads, or laptops to bed and work before turning off the light.

The problem with this is that their brain doesn’t get to turn off. All that activity keeps the brain really active, and then it’s harder for it to drift off to sleep.

The other issue is screen time of any sort whether it’s the television, cell phone, or any other device.

The blue light emitted by screens actually keeps the brain from producing melatonin which is the natural chemical that causes us to sleep.

Experts recommend that we have an hour to ninety minutes of no screens before bed.

Join me now as I take you through journal prompts focused on nighttime!

Evening Journal Prompts To Know

Journaling is a great activity any time of day, and many people enjoy the calming benefits of journaling in the evening.

The prompts in this category are not necessarily to do with the evening. 

You are asked to consider different parts of your day, reflecting on the quality of your day and what you might do to make tomorrow better.

Here are two such prompts from the list:

What was the biggest challenge you faced today?

What can you do tomorrow to move you closer to your goals?

The end of the day is the perfect time to assess how your day went, and consider any issues that you had to deal with.

You might look at what you could do differently to avoid similar issues in the future.

The evening is also a great time to think about calming practices so that you can let go of the concerns of the day and relax your mind and body.

What’s your favorite way to relax?

Finally, the evening is a good time to remind yourself of the things you can do to improve the overall quality of your life.

Such prompts like the following encourage this kind of reflection and writing:

List three things that you want to add to your daily routine.

What distractions are hindering your productivity? How can you reduce them?

What do you need less of in your life?

Check out the complete list of prompts below and see what resonates with you.

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21 Evening Journal Prompts To Know

1. “What would your ideal day look like?”

2. “What aspects of your life are you most grateful for?”

3. “List three things that you want to eliminate from your daily routine.”

4. “What do you need less of in your life?”

5. “What go-to coping strategies have you been using lately to get through moments of emotional or physical pain?”

6. “Set a 5 minute timer and write down whatever comes to your mind.”

7. “List three things that you want to add to your daily routine.”

8. “What do you need more of in your life?”

9. “What difficult thoughts or emotions came up most frequently lately?”

10. “What are you doing to practice self-care currently?”

11. “What’s your favorite way to relax?”

12. “What has been causing you to experience the most stress lately?”

13. “What distractions are hindering your productivity? How can you reduce them?”

14. “What keeps you from experiencing peace?”

15. “What was the biggest challenge you faced today?”

"What was the biggest challenge you faced today?"

16. “What parts of daily life has been causing anxiety or sadness? What can you do to change those experiences?”

17. “What can you do tomorrow to move you closer to your goals?”

18. “How does your body feel right now?”

19. “Describe your favorite thing to do when feeling low.”

20. “Describe a challenge you’ve overcome lately. How did overcoming this challenge make you stronger?”

21. “What’s the one thing you’re most looking forward to tomorrow?”

Journal Prompts To Relax And Sleep Well

We read again and again about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

When we get sufficient sleep, we think more clearly, we can tap into our creative juices, we respond better to stress, we have greater physical energy, and we have an all-round more positive outlook on life.

Sounds great, right? 

Yet, poor sleep quality and the inability to fall asleep plague so many individuals that there are an incredible number of people who start their day feeling groggy, lethargic, and surly.

Within my family there are a number who struggle to sleep well. For one of my sisters, operating on fewer than four hours of sleep is her norm.

She rarely experiences the joy of waking feeling rested, and eager to start her day. 

Instead, she washes her face, and downs two cups of coffee, then tries to put the lack of sleep behind her as she gets on with all of the tasks on her list.

Extraordinarily, she manages to do this day after day. 

I have to admit that my sister is very high energy, and her dedication to lists keeps her focused and motivated to keep getting things done.

Doctors and other medical practitioners dedicate a good deal of time to researching and trying to help people get a better night’s sleep.

One method that can help is journaling. The prompts in the list below will help you to get to a place of calm in your body, mind, and spirit.

This is critical for being able to drift off to sleep. When our minds can’t shut off, our bodies keep wanting to move, or our spirit is disturbed we cannot enter a restful state.

Try some of these prompts and take a positive step in the direction of sleep.

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20 Journal Prompts To Relax & Sleep Well

22. “How can I make tomorrow better than today?”

23. “Write one thing that made me feel loved today.”

24. “Something that bothered me today was…”

25. “My biggest challenge today was…”

26. “What’s on my mind right now?”

27. “What are my top three priorities for tomorrow?”

28. “Is there anyone in my life who makes me feel good about myself just because they’re around me?”

29. “Emotions I felt today include…”

30. “What did I do today to make myself proud?”

"What did I do today to make myself proud?"-Night Journaling Prompts

31. “If I could change one thing about my behavior today, what would it be?”

32. “What do I want to take from today into tomorrow?”

33. “What did I learn about myself today?”

34. “Write tomorrow’s to-do list.”

35. “How am I feeling right now?”

36. “What’s my word for tomorrow? What would I like it to bring me?”

37. “Have I done anything to make someone else happy today?”

38. “How do I want to feel when I wake up tomorrow morning?”

39. “What am I grateful for today?”

40. “Write down one word to describe my day (calm or hectic, productive or unproductive, etc.) and write a sentence about it (today was calm because I did my morning routine and that helped me stay in the present moment)”

41. “Tomorrow I will…”

Journal Prompts To Live Your Best Life

We know that sleep is a critical factor in how we function and how we move forward in life, but are there things we can do each day during our waking hours that can help us to sleep well that night?

YES!

Stress is one of the number one factors that lead to poor sleep.

I have first-hand experience with this. For many years I worked in a high-stress job, and I took that home with me.

I frequently had work to do at home in the evenings as well, so the stress I experienced during the official work day hours continued into the evening.

I also found that technology increased expectations regarding availability, and people would text and email me sometimes as late as 10:00 at night.

Like many people, I found it next to impossible to escape work and the stress that came with it.

This stress affected my sleep. I would typically have two – three nights of very little sleep.

When I retired recently, I began sleeping through most nights with a restless night only here and there – much better than before!

The constant stress is gone.

The prompts in this category help you to look at your life and see where you can decrease stress.

We can’t erase all stress, and actually a bit of stress is okay for us, but by cutting out stress in certain areas, you will be better able to focus on your goals.

You’ll feel more positive as you accomplish things, and your overall life, and your sleep will improve.

Go for it!

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34 Journal Prompts To Living Your Best

42. “What are your top goals right now? Are you actively working toward them? If not, why?”

43. “When do you feel the most like you?”

44. “What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?”

45. “What’s one thing you know now that you didn’t know a year ago?”

"What’s one thing you know now that you didn’t know a year ago?"

46. “Write down five great things that have happened in the past 10 years.”

47. “What does the term “personal growth” mean to you, and how can you call it into your life?”

48. “Name a person, place, or activity that fills you with joy.”

49. “What’s something you feel guilty about? How can you work toward letting it go?”

50. “What’s something you wish others knew about you?”

51. “What does your current evening routine look like, and how can you tweak it so it’s better aligned with your core values?”

52. “What’s something you need to let go of?”

53. “Did you feel genuine connection today? If so, who was it with?”

54. “What patterns do you notice on nights when you have trouble falling asleep?”

55. “When do you feel the most well-rested?”

56. “When do you feel loved?”

57. “When your mind starts to drift, what are you thinking about?”

58. “What’s one thing that went right today, and one thing that went wrong?”

59. “What’s one thing that always makes you feel better after a bad day?”

60. “What’s something in the near future that you’re really looking forward to?”

61. “What can you do to help you stay focused?”

"What can you do to help you stay focused?"

62. “What does “living your best life” mean to you?”

63. “What was the best part of your day today?”

64. “What’s on your mind right now?”

65. “What helps you stay focused, and when do you feel distracted?”

66. “What’s something you did today that you’re proud of?”

67. “In general, how are you feeling about tomorrow?”

68. “Take a deep breath in through the nose and let it out slowly through your mouth. How do you feel?”

69. “Write a letter to your younger self about how things went today. What would they be surprised by? Excited by? Disappointed by?”

70. “What’s one thing that’s causing you stress right now?”

71. “What’s the most important thing you have to do tomorrow? How can you make sure it gets done?”

72. “What’s one thing you can do tomorrow that your future self will thank you for?”

73. “What’s one thing you can do to help others?”

74. “What do you think your best friend would tell you about the thing you’re worried about right now?”

75. “What does your dream life look like?”

"What does your dream life look like?"-Night Journaling Prompts

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Night Journaling Prompts?

Night journaling prompts are reflective questions or prompts designed to guide your journaling practice before bedtime. They encourage introspection, self-reflection, and relaxation as you wind down for the night.

How Can Night Journaling Prompts Benefit My Nighttime Routine?

Night journaling prompts offer a structured way to process your thoughts and emotions before sleep. They can help you unwind, clear your mind, and promote a sense of calm, contributing to a more restful sleep.

Should I Journal Right Before Bed Or Earlier In The Evening?

You can choose the timing that works best for you. Some individuals prefer journaling right before bed to transition into a calm state, while others find it beneficial to journal earlier in the evening to reflect on the day.

Can Night Journaling Prompts Improve My Sleep Quality?

Yes, night journaling prompts can contribute to improved sleep quality by reducing racing thoughts and promoting a sense of mental clarity before bedtime.

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