Sunday, January 15, 2006

Exhausted

It is 1:30 am. I can't sleep...again. What is with this insomnia? I used to be able to sleep anytime, anywhere and now I toss and turn all night. The scariest thing is how my body has seemed to adjust because I can still manage to get through the day on a limited supply of energy. But my fear is that one of these days I'm going to crash and crash hard. It's taking a toll on me emotionally and spiritually, not to mention physically. I pray and pray but get no relief from this.

Anyone got any advice on how to sleep? Or how to pray for it?

3 comments:

Rob Scott said...

Nicole,
I'm not a very good sleeper, but there are a few things that have worked in the past for me:

A. Physically, going caffeine free for a couple of weeks has helped (even though I never drank coffee anytime near bedtime, it still made a difference to not have it anytime during the day).

B. Spiritually, when I'm aware that I'm vaguely anxious about things, I recite this verse:
Philippians 4:5-6 (New American Standard Bible)
 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I then go through the mental discipline of asking myself if I really believe in the concepts behind this verse and then having affirmed that belief, I say a prayer for each of the things I'm anxious about and let them go. I thank God for similar anxiety-causing circumstances that He has helped me through in the past. I then remind myself that the peace of God surpasses comprehension (IE: It is a reality beyond how I feel or what I think in my anxiousness). Finally I meditate on the concept of my heart and mind (which is where my anxiety resides) being "guarded" by Christ and I try to no longer allow anxious thoughts to enter my mind.

C. Psychologically, I try to make sure I have some quiet time just to think or read before bed so that my brain has some down time to process things I'm concerned or excited about. Watching TV doesn't really help with this because it causes my brain to just shut down. It has to be mentally-active and open-ended like reading, or sitting and thinking.

I hope something in this helps,
God bless,
Rob

Anonymous said...

Nicole,
perhaps there is an element of attack, whether exploiting potential anxieties you might have or even just attempting to interupt your life. Sometimes (i'm ot sure if this is one of those times)going on the offensive helps. If the enemy wants you up at night, use that time to disrupt his work. Create a list of things you could pray for if you wake up in the night. King's Bride, Kid's Bridge, Beautiful Gate ect. For whatever duration you are up, intercede. Beyond that, i have nothing to offer except that I will pray for you every night until this stops or what it is, is revealed to you.
God Bless.
Byron

Nicole said...

Oh boy...God is on the move. Thanx Rob for your words of advice. I will try those.

Byron...last night I did stay up for quite some time and "stuff" was happening. I'll keep you posted. And thank you for your prayers!

Good news is....even though i was up sort of late, I SLEPT!!!!! Praise God! It feels soooo good to sleep!