I woke up in a cold sweat with a sensation of something being terribly wrong. I was relieved for the morning sun and a conscience reality that would end the bizarre dreams I had endured all night.
Does this ever happen to you?
Dreaming weird dreams with a repetitive theme which play out all through the night? Or at least it seems like all night. They’re so disturbing it’s hard to shake them even when the light peeps though the window.
What I’ve noticed is, I usually have restless nights when I’ve gone to bed with a brain full of unresolved problems or a calendar I’ve overbooked.
I know, there are some of you who hit the pillow and know nothing until an alarm jolts you awake. Joy. I envy you. But for those of us that sometimes own anxious thoughts, I have a formula for a more peaceful nights sleep.
*Pinpoint everything that might be bothering you and confess it to God. Do a brain dump. During the day we collect circumstances, to-dos, arguments or responsibilities and if we don’t get them out of our brains our subconscious will spend the entire night trying to figure them out (the other night I dreamt about shoes and feet all night…what was that about?). Before retiring for sleep empty the overloaded mind. God can take it.
*Make a list of things you are thankful for and give your sacrifice of praise to God. Take a minute and meditate on His greatness and the different ways you are blessed. Don’t think of what you don’t have, think of what you do. Don’t think of what you can’t do, think of what you can do. This puts your mind into a positive mode.
*Find an uplifting Scripture verse to read and repeat to yourself. Here’s a few to start you off. (Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 31:6, Zephaniah 3:17, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Psalm 9:9, John 16:33)
*Remind yourself of something you are looking forward to doing. Allow yourself drift off to sleep thinking about this event.
Much like a child’s bedtime routine I personally find this one comforting because it works but it takes discipline to make it a habit. My hope is, if you give it a try it will work for you and then you can make it a habit as well.
Wishing you the sweetest of dreams friend.
I lay down in sleep yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. Psalm 3:5
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.