Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Four Ways to Get BACK to Sleep
Although I don't usually have a difficult time falling asleep, I often wake up three hours later and can't GET BACK to sleep. I've found these simple tricks help me nod off again:
1. GET UP. If I lie in bed wide awake for more than twenty minutes, it means I'm not likely to doze off again without help. If I get up for even half an hour, I can usually go back to sleep when I return to bed.
2. DRINK MILK. Because milk contains calcium, which coats our nerves, drinking even a small glass can help us relax when we're wound up. And I've discovered it doesn't need to be warm; cold milk does the trick just as well.
3. READ. Usually I read the Bible when I'm awake in the middle of the night. Sometimes I read a novel or emails. But God's Word, especially the Psalms, soothes my soul like nothing else.
4. PRAY. My favorite wakefulness prayer is to go through the alphabet, bringing a praise or a prayer for each letter. A can equal "All your blessings;" B may be "Brenda's health;" C might be "our Church," and so on. I rarely make it past P before I'm asleep.
What ways have you found useful to GET BACK to sleep if you awaken in the night?