ONE EVENING RITUAL THAT WILL HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER

There are a lot of sleep issues happening these days.  Statistics show that 30% of people have some form of insomnia, and 10 million people in the U.S. alone use some kind of prescription sleep aid.
 
Getting enough sleeps helps us be productive, alert, emotionally balanced, better decision making and overall healthier.
 
On the other side of the spectrum lack of sleep is linked to accidents, impaired attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving, can lead to serious health problems with your heart, blood pressure and diabetes, can make you forgetful, contribute to depression, ages your skins, lower your sex drive, makes you gain weight and impairs your judgement.  
 
Sounds like a good sleep is super important. 
 
I struggled for many years to fall asleep.  I developed a habit in high school of over thinking and over analyzing while I was in bed, and it often would keep me up for a few hours until I was finally exhausted and dozed up. But even as I woke up I didn’t feel fully refreshed.  Likely I was subconsciously working out problems even as I was sleeping and therefore would carry anxiety to bed and wake up as if I just did 8 hours of unconscious problem solving.
 
There are many practical ways to help increase sleep. For those tips check out http://www.wikihow.com/Sleep-Better
 
But there’s one ritual that I’ve found to be most helpful in getting a good sleep and waking refreshed. It may seem simple, but it is simply effective. 
 
“At the end of the day, you can ask God to cleanse you of any anger, bitterness, or evil thoughts.

Ask the Lord to give you peace at night, to help you forgive and let go of the anxieties, troubles, hurts, and struggles of the day. Ask Him to fill your mind with thoughts of His goodness toward you. Develop this as a daily habit and you'll probably be surprised at how well you begin to sleep and how refreshed you feel when you awaken each day.
             
I often pray as I go to bed, "Lord, I want to thank You for today. I ask You to take control of my subconscious mind as I sleep and to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to work in me even through the night hours. You know the things that I need and the ideas that I must have in order to do the work You have called me to do. I ask You to begin the birthing process of those ideas even as I sleep."
        
At times now, the Lord will awaken me at two-thirty in the morning with an idea that is crystal clear to me. In those moments, I write down that idea immediately, and then I go back to sleep.
 
Invite the Lord to arrange and rearrange the sensory input and the information in your mind as you sleep. Ask Him to produce in you His thoughts, His ideas, and His creativity. When you awaken, look for the answers the Lord may have given you in the night.”  

This quote is taken from the book “Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley.
 
We spend a third of our lives sleeping. What would happen if we welcomed the Holy Spirit to work in us and speak to us during that time of rest?
 
I’d encourage you to try it out for a week, and would love to hear how it goes!
 
Brad