Why Can’t I Sleep?

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I have fought insomnia for a long time. It took years to learn how to fight back. The following suggestions come from years of battling with sleeplessness. I sincerely hope this helps someone sleep better tonight.

Stress

It took along time to understand that stress was a major contributor to my insomnia. If I have a full day without exercise, to counter-balance the stress, I will be awake a good part of the night.

There are two other things I try to avoid. In the evening, I stay away from emotional or difficult conversations and computer use one hour before bed, unless I’m reading an eBook.

Health

Health can play a role in our ability to sleep. There are medical conditions that contribute to poor sleep.  If you are practicing good sleep habits and this doesn’t help, please see a doctor.

Viruses

This is an infuriating insomnia. Sleep is needed to recover from a virus. Instead I experience a couple nights of insomnia. I once read on a billboard, at the U of M Medical School, there is a connection between viruses and anxiety/depression. An anxious person has trouble sleeping.

Worry/Anxiety

The effect of worry and anxiety on sleep for Christians is tricky. We have a Father in Heaven who is the God of the Universe. If we believe He is Lord, when it comes to worry-induced insomnia, we shouldn’t have a problem. I am always amazed when thinking of the apostle Peter. The night before he was to be tried, he slept while chained to two guards. (Acts 12:6) I wouldn’t have slept a wink.

I may have a weak point here, but having not known Peter personally, I can’t say why he slept with ease. Was it pure faith or was sleep just easy for him? He was asleep the night before Jesus’ trial, too. Jesus on the other hand was “grieved and distressed.” (Matthew 26:36-41)

If I start condemning myself, for not sleeping, I have just increased my anxiety. It helps me to get up. By getting out of bed, our body has a chance to cool down. This helps to sleep later. Meanwhile, I have a time Bible reading and prayer. This changes my thought patterns, so I can sleep.

Hormones and Aging

I can only speak from a woman’s point of view on hormones and sleep. The lack of hormones plays havoc with a woman’s sleep.

I’ve heard that the older we are the less sleep we need. My concern is passing off lack of sleep as aging. We need to sleep at any age. If you’re not sleeping find out why.

If I haven’t put you to sleep yet… 💤

When I’m having a bout of insomnia I grab my Bible in the middle of the night. Romans 8:28 tells says that “God causes all things to work together for good…” This is also true of insomnia. I have had mountain-top experiences during times of insomnia. Don’t despair. The God of all ages, the Lord of life is with you when you can’t sleep.

Help online
American Academy of Sleep Medicine has many suggestions to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Related:Mentally Healthy Christians

End Notes:
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/what-causes-insomnia
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4175921/ Viral infection links to anxiety/depression
https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/women-hormones-sleep-problems#1

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health care worker or physician. I have tried to be factually accurate.

© 2019 Lena Rae

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

9 thoughts on “Why Can’t I Sleep?”

  1. I use herbal essence of rose oil. Two to three dabs on your pillow will help.

    Try growing and harvesting chamomile and, lavender plant and make tea from them.

    These work great for mom and I

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  2. Your comment, Lena, about condemning ourselves because we can’t sleep was interesting. Seems the enemy will find His way even into our insomnia to cause further problems!
    In the practical mode chamomille tea hasn’t worked for me, but the essence of rose oil was a very
    interesting tip….
    For myself what may be obvious to many is definitely true with me: no caffeine for at least 8 hours,
    including much chocolate. Artificial sweeteners such as might be in sugar free ice cream or low
    fat frozen yogurt? They often keep me awake, too.
    Aging Definitely has something to do with it!
    But my sources say as we age we might not Get as much sleep, but we still need about 7 hours.

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  3. The ole’ devil will try anything to make me feel guilty.
    My go-to tea is Sleepy-time Extra — an idea from my daughter. It is chamomile, spearmint, and other herbs in it. Thanks for the other tips on caffeine, sweeteners, and chocolate. 😊

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