Oh how fleeting they are.
Ever lay in bed, trying to fall asleep, thinking of all the random things that pop up into your head? Ever come across a really neat thought, “hey that’s cool, I should write a piece about that!” Then, fully convinced you’ll still remember it in the morning (since hey, you were more or less awake while you thought that thought), you fall asleep.
The next morning, all you know if that you were supposed to remember something nice. But you can’t for the life of you recall what.
Seems pretty logical. You don’t write something down and you forget. Shame on you. But what about the whole “information retention” thing, and how studying before bed can help some people with that? In your sleep your brain goes on a weird sort of stand-by mode where it just plows its way through information you collected all day long, ordering it into easily accessible piles of memory. Do those bedtime thoughts just not get included in that process? Maybe your brain thinks, “we were trying to fall asleep then, so it’s probably just more random junk” and just skip over it, despite your intention of using that idea a short while later in your life?
“Just write it down then!” Do you have any idea how hard that is once you’ve gotten comfy in bed?