Psalm 3:5 - I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
One sheep, two sheep, three sheep … on march the sheep coming into the pen of your mind and hopefully onto a good night’s sleep. But sometimes, actually many times, the sheep won’t come through the gate, or they wander off to someone else’s sleep pen.
Sleep is an important subject to talk about. Sleep is when your energy is replenished and people with chronic pain need every minute they can get.
Sleep deprivation results in the following:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Lethargy – no energy
• Physical Complaints
Let’s talk about a few ideas for helping to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. First off you can’t go to bed at a different time every day. Our bodies like schedules so try to pick a time of day to go to bed and stick with it.
Second, going to bed angry whether you’re angry with your spouse or children, or even yourself will cause you to stay awake. Nothing is important enough that you have to “carry” it to bed with you.
Third, your mind has to believe that you will fall asleep. Try saying, for example, to yourself: “I feel safe. I’m going to fall asleep.” Or, you could repeat the Bible verse above. God cares about your sleep, too. He provided us with our Ultimate Hope which carries us through the anxiety we may have when we can’t fall asleep.
Forth, you may need to move your room around. Perhaps your bed faces your bedroom window and you can see the street light outside. The light will keep you awake so try moving your bed away from the window.
Fifth, turn your clock around so that you won’t see it. If you keep looking at the clock and the hours go by you may become anxious because you’re losing sleep.
Last, don’t eat in bed. It’s not just that the crumbs hang around on your mattress. Your body will associate the bed with eating so it may keep you awake thinking that it’s time to eat.
But if you still can’t fall asleep, don’t stay in bed tossing and turning. Get up and find something relaxing to do, like reading a book, and then try to fall asleep again.
I hope this post has given you some ideas that you can adapt to help you fall asleep. If you have other ideas to help you fall asleep select the blue “comments” below and tell us about it. I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.