Why can’t I sleep and what can I do about it?
The question needs to be asked – what is hindering your sleep?
1). Is your bedroom a place to sleep or a TV room? Your bedroom needs to be optimised to become a place of rest; make it into a quiet place by all means necessary – make it dark, quiet and regulate the temperature.
2). What are you drinking before bed? Do you have too much caffeine in a day? If you drink coffee or similar drinks, try to cut down and make sure you don’t have any two hours before bed.
3). Are you eating near bedtime? Try to avoid eating near bedtime, because if you do, your body will still be working, and you could have heartburn and other problems.
4). ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you’ 1 Peter 5:7. Don’t start worrying before sleep, instead pray and calm your mind. In your time of prayer, cast all your care upon the Lord, and seek a place of rest in Him.
5). ‘In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for He grants sleep to those He loves’ Psalm 127:2. Try to be consistent with your bedtime. Realise that your body was designed to need sleep, therefore make room in your life for rest at a regular time. After you have done this, start to claim the promise above.
6). ‘The sleep of a labourer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep’ Ecclesiastes 5:12. Solomon in the Bible realized that physical exercise and sleep go hand in hand. Make sure that you include physical exercise into your routine, but not before bed!
7). Solomon also realised that the responsibilities of being wealthy can keep one from sound sleep. Therefore the Bible encourages us to evaluate the priorities in our life. Is my mission on earth to work 24/7, so we can have new cars and expensive holidays, or is my mission to love God and love my family in a practical way? Why not stop and ask what are you trying to achieve in life?
8). Finally, if your problems persist, go and see your doctor.
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