Can’t sleep? Bible verses for Insomnia

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Can’t sleep?

There’s nothing more frustrating than laying in bed, knowing you’re exhausted, knowing you have to be up early in the morning, wanting to sleep and yet watching the hours tick by.

Insomnia isn’t fun.

Back when I was a single parent, I used to have a lot of sleepless nights.

Sure, I’d get an hour or two of sleep in the early hours of the morning, but it simply wasn’t enough to have me functioning properly the next day.

And despite being exhausted, the following night would follow the same pattern. I tried heaps of different things – cutting out food for a few hours before bed, having a warm drink of milk before bed. Having a shower just before bedtime.

We didn’t have a TV in the house at that point, but I often watched shows on my phone while I was lying in bed at night. I tried reading books, but that wasn’t much good – because I’m the sort of person who, once they start reading a book, keeps on reading until the book is finished.

I tried reading my bible, but the only thing that helped with is reading the bible all the way through in quite a short space of time.

And then I found something that really helped to fix my problem with insomnia.

The bible has quite a bit to say about rest, and about sleep.

Proverbs 3:24 says when you lie down you will not be afraid, when you lie down your sleep will be sweet.

Matthew chapter 11 verse 28 says come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Psalm 3 verse 5 says I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.

Matthew chapter 6 verse 34 says ‘don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Psalm 116 verse 7 says return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

Psalm 91 verses 1, 5 and 11 say ‘whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the almighty. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies high in the day. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 4 verse 8 says I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for thou, LORD, only makes me dwell in safety.

John chapter 14 verse 27 says ‘peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 127:2 says he gives to his beloved sleep.

The fact that there are so many references to sleep, rest, and the things that keep us up at night like fear, worry and burdens shows that these aren’t new problems in our modern world.

People were struggling with this stuff thousands of years ago – and God’s solution for them is the same as his solution for you now.

I had tried just about every solution that the so called experts recommended. And that wasn’t working. So it was time to shift my focus.

Instead of relying on what the world says, I decided to rely on what God promises for me and my sleep.

I began building three steps into my nightly routine.

The first step was to remind myself of what scripture promises us for our sleep, by reading through the bible verses I’ve just shown you.

The second step was to pray – to ask God to give me good, consistent rest and to help me sleep, in line with the promises of scripture.

The third step was to find a good Christian podcast to listen to as I was drifting off to sleep.

I have always been very wary about what sort of ideas, information and influences that I allow into my head – and there’s nothing worse, especially when you’re having trouble getting to sleep, than suddenly being jolted awake by an obnoxious ad, or by someone who is excitedly preaching shouting in your ear.

I found that I would typically remember listening to the whole of the first podcast, but drift off to sleep within a few minutes of the next one starting.

But at least I knew that if there was anything drifting into my subconscious thoughts from what I was listening to – it was either going to be the word of God or the voice of someone whose words I trusted.

If you’d like to give this method a try, I’m going to put a link to my thrive playlist both on the screen, or in the description below this message.

There isn’t any shouting, yelling, or loud noises and you’ll be feeding yourself encouraging thoughts interspersed with scripture as you drift off to sleep.

There’s a podcast version too if you’d prefer to listen in that format. Give it a try – you’ll be amazed!

Until next time, blue skies, and goodnight!

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