I stumbled upon this article about "capture", or the practice of consistently writing ideas and thoughts down so that you can recall them later, and completely avoid that feeling of "I wish I remembered that brilliant idea that I had in the middle of the night, but was too lazy to write myself a note about."
So I had an idea last night as I was falling asleep, for an essay project that built on some stuff that I'd written a while ago, and would have acomplished something that no other project, exactly, was acomplishing. Good idea right?
Well, not so much. Thankfully (or not) I was able to remember, and egad folks, it was bad.
Sometimes forgetting the productions of your sleep deprived brain is really the way to go.