Do you adore or dread going to bed? Odd as it may seem, bedtime brings me joy. After washing my face and brushing my teeth, I draw back the covers, fluff the pillows, and slip inside my cocoon feeling elated. I make note of this sensation because I figure it will evaporate should I wake up in the middle of the night.
I read a book for a while, peruse articles from a little magazine I love, Family Life, and then something from the Bible. I’m reading through the Psalms right now.
Many people dread going to bed because stormy waters lay ahead, also known as insomnia, something I struggled with in the past. I became so exhausted from lack of sleep I even spent a night in the sleep disorder clinic, only to find I don’t have sleep apnea. There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning, unable to switch off your brain.
One routine that’s helped decelerate my racing thoughts is to pray and ponder about everything that’s bothering me before I turn off the light. At least I try. Sometimes, hours later, worries surface. For instance: I forgot to call someone (again) or pay a bill. Why can I only remember certain must-dos in the middle of the night?
How about you? Are you one of those remarkable people who can simply turn off the light, lay their head on a pillow, and fall asleep? Or do you wrestle with sleeplessness? Any tips to share?
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