First and foremost, I missed posting content for you all! Of course, you know I’m in college. It’s been really challenging with posting and focusing on school. I’m happy to be back and have fantastic content coming your way on this website! If you’re a new reader, thank you for reading my posts. I honestly hope it has inspired/motivated you in some way. To my regular readers, thank you for your ongoing support, it really means a lot to me! Now let’s read!
The Devil is busy everyone! He is out to steal our peace, joy, passion, and so much more that God has instilled in us. One of the most significant problems in our life is losing sleep or insomnia. A lot of people are having trouble falling asleep at night including myself. Why is sleep the highest attack in our lives? Well, the enemy knows that if we don’t get a good night’s rest, then we will not be able to accomplish the day. As I said in How To Enjoy Your Life the enemy wants us to be drained or worn out. Less sleep makes us feel like that right?
As I’ve read in articles on how to get sleep, they always say “we intend to go to bed early, but we can never go to sleep because of our roaming minds.” That’s another trick of the enemy. We reflect on our day and start to pick out all the wrong things we did on that day, such as, “I accidentally forgot to tell the cashier ‘thank you’ when I received my Starbucks coffee from her. I hope I didn’t hurt her feelings.” or “I shouldn’t have been rude to that homeless man just because I’m having a bad day.” We also worry about if we are gonna eat, drink, or live tomorrow. But God tells us in the Word that “34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mat.6:34).
I’m telling you sleep has been a challenge for me lately. I can’t seem to shut my mind off at night and drift off to sleep. I’m a college student, so 1. I stay up late trying to complete a lot of tasks after a long day of class and 2. I enjoy unwinding on my phone for hours. By the time I actually close my eyes and concentrate on sleep, I’m thinking about how many hours will I get to sleep before I have to get up again.
My Sunday nights and Tuesday nights are the hardest for me to go to sleep. I know why because I need a lot of energy to get through Monday and Wednesday to survive 3 back to back (8am-5:45pm) classes during the day. I am attacked harder because the enemy wants me to be so mentally and physically drained that I can not do anything. The jokes on him because even when I do not get proper rest, The Lord continues to give me his strength so I can get through the day.
If you are having trouble getting rest, it’s time to pray for sleep back. Don’t let the Devil steal your peace and joy because you feel weary. Personally, I like to speak it into the atmosphere with authority “Devil I will not play with you tonight! I will get rest, and my mind will be at peace in Jesus name, Amen!” It always works for me, so maybe you should try it.
We have to claim our sleep back everyone! We also have to set better habits to go to sleep at night. Here are some tips that I have been trying recently:
- I start to unwind around 10pm – I lie down and watch tv with the brightness down low so my tv won’t be screaming at me to stay up with shining blue lights in my eyes.
- Practicing to stay off my phone after 10:30 – I want to work my way to being off my phone by at least 8:30pm(calls are accepted, but no social media). As a blogger, I’ve learned that I have to consume a lot of social media, but my sleep has to come first for health reasons.
- Closing my eyes around 11 – I’ve learned that if I close my eyes earlier than the time I want to go to sleep, I go to sleep much fast
- Dim your brightness on your phone – It makes me sleepy when lights are not glowing on my face.
How Does less sleep make me feel in the morning?
When I get hardly any sleep, I feel incredibly anxious, and I can’t focus in class. Even if I eat breakfast and drink coffee in the morning, I feel mentally ready to crawl back into bed. How do you act when you get less sleep? Cranky? Irritable?
The Devil loves that we feel unready for the day, but we have to surround ourselves with prayer and ask God to give us the rest that we need for the night!
I hope that this encourages you to take charge of your sleep again because it is unhealthy to lose sleep. Stop claiming that you are an insomniac and you don’t get sleep. Claim rest in your atmosphere by saying “I am not an insomniac. I am getting sleep tonight!”
Prayer: Lord I pray that you watch over us all! Let us sleep peacefully and have peaceful rest tonight. Do not let our minds wander off about tomorrow because You have taken care of tomorrow! Keep us away from hurt, harm, evil, and danger in our surroundings and in our dreams. Thank You, Lord, for giving us Your peace and rest! In Your name, Amen.
Psalm 116:7- Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.