What Dreams Are Made of For Adults

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If you are like me, you never sleep.  and by never sleep…I mean, maybe a few hours of sleep per night but waking up exhausted because your mind was racing the entire time.  If I had a fitbit that tracked my sleep, I have a feeling I’d wake up with just a line of question marks…asking me, “what the heck happened?”.  When I never sleep,  I never have dreams…and I feel like my mind is on constantly. Sound all too familiar, right?

If my calculations are correct…I haven’t slept well in about 10 years.  Now, this number may correlate with the birth of our first child….(shocking to all you parents out there, right!?) but if I were to assume correctly, that isn’t the sole purpose of my restless sleep.  My assumptions of 3,650 restless sleep nights (my math teacher from high school was correct…I would use math one day! ;-))  would be from a compilation of children, my ever growing to-do list, my bed being too old,  I have a really good book I need to finish,  my mind thinking that sleep is a waste of time when I could be doing something productive, my legs hurt,  too hot/too cold, yadda yadda yadda – always something it seems, never a pattern as to what though….but then, when I woke up today, I thought…maybe it’s about what I’m putting in my mind right BEFORE I go to sleep as well….like a book I’d been reading, or a TV show/movie that I’d recently watched.  So, here is my random thought of the day..what if I started to tell myself a bedtime story before bed each night?  As an adult, have you ever given yourself a bedtime story?  Sounds a little corny, right?  Well, I think it could be amazing.  Real potential here, folks….hear me out.

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As a child growing up, bedtime stories were the absolute best.  Full of wonder and laughter, love, friendship, magic…the world was pure, anything was possible.  You were the hero, or got to eat cupcakes for every meal…everyday was Christmas or it was always your birthday.  Whatever, it didn’t matter.  It was YOUR story…you created it.  But then, life began to speed up…those bedtime stories became a little “baby-ish” and they just suddenly stopped, along with the magic and dreaming.

Truth is, as we get older, our worlds can easily turn a bit colder.  The magic and innocence is still there, but it requires some searching and is a little harder to see.  I want, and need, to get back on that bandwagon.  I need to try to find more faith in the innocence of the world.  How?  While I don’t know the answer 100%, I’m willing to try.  and by trying, my first step is to bring back my bedtime stories.

Tonight, when getting snuggled up in bed, I”ll be creating a story in my mind to take me away to LaLa Land.  I think tonight, I’ll be an owner of a little bookstore in Italy.  Our girls will help me find books throughout the country to bring home and sell and my husband will assist in building bookshelves to store our rare finds.  We’ll eat pizza every day, for every meal and for desert, gelato (the good kind, not the pistachio flavor – eek!).  We will have no car and walk everywhere and rely on the kindness of strangers to discover the uniqueness of each and every day.  At night, we’ll gather around our fireplace and play a game or read a book and snuggle up, recounting the fun finds we discovered throughout our daily journey.

Geez Louise, I’m already at peace just typing those thoughts out.  Why haven’t I done this mental break sooner???!!!  Memories are flooding back to me about how much I loved bedtime stories and I now totally remember why.  Every sentence, every choice – is mine.  I create the destiny, the outcome.  I dream up the fun, the excitement.

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Tonight, after my bedtime story, I’m hoping for a more relaxed and at peace sleep.  Maybe I’ll drift off in my memory to the land of Italy..maybe not. But, one thing is for certain….I’ll be opening up my mind to the innocent thought of all things good and pure, and for me, that’s a great place to be.  <3

If you could create your own bedtime story to help you rest, what would you dream about?


85 thoughts on “What Dreams Are Made of For Adults

  1. Cia Black says:

    Oh man, asking me to to create my own bedtime story would possibly keep up longer and turn into a novel….I love the concept but I don’t think it would work for me. Once I started I don’t think I’d be able to stop. You already have my mind pondering what world I could create for myself and what path it would take. I think I better stick to the rain sounds…LOL or I’ll be losing even more sleep than my already busy mind causes me to sleep.

  2. Bonnie says:

    My bedtime story would be there was a girl who looked like Beyonce, had Oprah’s wisdom, and the talent of Maya Angelou. She wrote books, never had kids or married , traveled and never worried about money. She loved to dance and has a secret lamguage with animals and the spirit world l. The end.

  3. lifeofthefattyd says:

    Very nice post. If I were to have a bedtime story, I would like to have a story like peter pan, where I can go to a never never land where I will have pretty nice adventures and there’s tropical environment around me. Most of all, a little pixie dust and I can fly! =) Hope you’ll have a good night sleep!

  4. Kimberly Parsons says:

    I find myself wishing my own stories were reality. They sound so much better, don’t they? I believe I’d just like to have a better home with a little cup of coffee as I peer out over a view. It’s been my small dream for a very long time!

  5. Tanvi Rastogi says:

    Oh my … I LOVE this idea. I will try it tonight … sounds so peaceful and exciting at the same time. I loved what you said, “Truth is, as we get older, our worlds can easily turn a bit colder. The magic and innocence is still there, but it requires some searching and is a little harder to see.” It resonates with me.

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  6. Joanna says:

    I am one of those lucky people who dream almost every night and sleep like a baby until morning. There was a time however when insomnia was keeping me awake for the entire night and trying to function the next day was a nightmare. I didn’t think of making my own story to go to bed to before 🙂

  7. Ithfifi says:

    Great advice, I love the idea of this. I used to sleep like a baby after my bed time story. These days I am sleeping awful since I just started my new job. Its not the hours or stress.. more lying awake trying to remember the information pumped into my brain during the training courses or what if this or that happens.. Going to try your idea tonight rather then watching stupid crime programmes or my equally depressing book I am currently staggering through!! YES for innocence and happiness!
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  8. Flora_the_Sweaterist says:

    Such a lovely idea! As a university student, I am always sleep deprived (“my mind thinking that sleep is a waste of time when I could be doing something productive” – 100% on this ground), so if I even get close to my bed, my eyelids just start to go down and – voilá, I am sleeping. I’d rather need some coffeine-free technique to keep myself awake XD

  9. Maria says:

    I think I’d like to just dream about travelling wherever I could, without having to pay 🙂 But actually, when I was a kid my sister and I used to make up our own stories before going to sleep and funny enough, I kept a journal where I’d write down what I remembered from my dreams

  10. Stephanie JNote says:

    I get the idea of overwhelmingness of life but sleep is a blessing from God. Don’t overlook it. He blesses us with the opportunity to repair our minds and bodies each day. Don’t neglect his blessing.

  11. Preet says:

    What an amazing post and idea. If I were to have a bedtime story, I would go with the story my grandmother used to read for me when I was a kid, I still remember it by heart and read it to my kids. I feel happy inside when I think of it, it was all about the beauty and fullness that life and nature have to offer.

  12. Mel says:

    I’m the type of person who aims for an early night and never gets to have one as I either don’t fall asleep, have to sort the baby out (18 months) I’m hungry or something good is on TV!
    I use to read before bed but then would say one more chapter and low and behold its 5am! So writing my own bedtime story I would end up all night still writing haha!

  13. Emily Terrell says:

    I can definitely relate. I hardly ever sleep as well. Mostly due to physical pain and children. I often find myself creating a happy story in my head to help me as I drift of to sleep. One where I’m in my perfect world and not reality.
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  14. hey sharonoox says:

    I love a good dream. I’m a light sleeper and with my health condition, getting a well rested sleep could be challenging at times. But nevertheless, I sometimes think of happy thoughts – in case it went into my dream.

  15. Lucy Melissa Smith says:

    I hope this works well for you! I tend to just think about my day and everything else until I drift off and I ALWAYS dream. It’s a good idea though and I think I’ll try it to see if it can help influence my dreams if that makes sense?

  16. Shubhada Bhide says:

    Sometimes I can’t sleep at night because my mind keeps on think and think. I do read books after writing a blog. This idea looks great, I need to try this.

  17. Ali Rost says:

    By any chance have you listened to any of the bedtime story podcasts made for adults? Sometimes my husband listens to one when he’s having a difficult time falling asleep? Me, I’ll listen to a meditation from Headspace. x

  18. Samantha says:

    What a great story! I’ve never tried creating my own story to help me fall asleep, but that’s such a great idea. I’ll definitely have to remember that the next time I’m having trouble.

  19. Jack bransson says:

    My sleep isn’t the same but you can say 6-8 hours per night and i sometime i forget the dream i dreamed about but most the time i can atleast remember. half of it.

  20. Indu says:

    …I’ll be opening up my mind to the innocent thought of all things good and pure, and for me, that’s a great place to be. This line touched me. Befitting your title “dream like an adult” and a beautiful read for me.

  21. Courtney Blacher says:

    I absolutely love this post! Most of the time, I can’t sleep because I think a lot about work. This post sounds like a perfect bedtime story!

  22. Cassie says:

    I dream so much and mostly remember part of my dreams which I think puts me in the rather strange category. But I’m always dreaming about things that were clearly triggered by what happened during the day or what I was thinking about before going to bed so creating a bedtime story sounds like a great idea
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  23. Heather LeGuilloux says:

    This sounds like a great idea to invent your own bedtime story to help you fall to sleep. I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t slept well in so long.. that must be exhausting! I’m sure you have tried many different things to try to get some shut eye, but I wonder if you have tried natural remedies, like essential oils?

  24. Lois Alter Mark says:

    I love this idea! As someone who doesn’t sleep very well either, though, I think I need to find a way to turn my mind off. A bedtime story would just go on and on and on because I would be so interested in it!

  25. Amy Dong says:

    Sleep is sooo important to our well being,, both mentally and emotionally (not to mention physically, obviously)… but it’s often hard to get a good night’s rest! During the hardest seasons of my life, I was also only getting a few hours (if ANY) per night… and it really takes a toll on you. I try to establish good “sleep hygiene” when needed … no electronics at least an hour before bed, soft calm music, warm herbal tea, etc.
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  26. Sylvie Anne Hanes says:

    I love love love this post! I have been a child, teenager, young adult, young parent, older adult, older parent, and retired young soul that has lived on my imagination. I so appreciate your shop in Italy – half of me lives in Spain, India and far away lands that don’t even exist.
    In a world that is a fast-paced, packed insane time, thank God for our imagination that can sooth our weary souls.
    Thanks for sharing this insightful post

  27. jill conyers says:

    I can recall only a few times in my life when I has a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Every time I found the reason. Grateful that it hasn’t happened often and not in a long time.

  28. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Haha! Yes, I say I have not slept well in 12 years because that is how old my son is. A bedtime story sounds like a great idea!

  29. Claire says:

    Omg I can so relate to this, I would always create my own bedtime story or read books! I have so many days where I just can’t sleep.

  30. Mai Pham says:

    What a wonderful idea. I’m a college student so I’m really hard to sleep and have some trouble sleeping. I think I would try to make my own story so that I can get a good night’s sleep.

  31. Thảo Nhi says:

    It’s nice to hear that you’ve figured out a way to get yourself out of the previously terrible situation! About your question, I’m 17, and every night before going to sleep I still struggle to choose what to dream of 🙂 My dreams are usually about me getting to meet my idols, to travel to my must-visit countries, to accomplish my goals, and so on – and they do help me a lot! Anw, thanks for your post! Sweet dreams tonight <3

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