I don't sit down and write essay length dreams in my dream journal in the middle of the night. Just scribble some key words down on a piece of paper beside your bed. You don't even have to get up. It's amazing how five to ten words can help jog your memory in the morning. Then you can use those words to help write out your dream in full detail in the morning.
We all have the wool pulled over our eyes, but turtleneck sweaters are so damn comfortable.