Why Am I Awake At This Hour?
Sometimes I can’t sleep at night. I’m tired. I go to bed at a decent hour, usually after reading for a little while. But, then, I suddenly and abruptly wake up during the wee hours of the morning. It may take me an hour or more to get back to sleep. My mind races with a thousand different things; from anxieties and worries of the day to the last song I heard while driving somewhere. It’s exhausting.
I function best when I sleep seven or eight hours a night, six if it’s not too often. Less than that, I can be cranky and ill-tempered. Sad things are sadder and simple grievances make me madder.
How To Redeem a Bad Night of Sleep
A couple of weeks ago, I had one of those nights. I sleep with a Fitbit so I knew how little I slept. I think it was three and a half hours. When I got out of bed, I braced myself for the bad day I knew I was going to have. I was dreading it.
But, something wonderfully, amazing happened. In my devotional reading that morning, the scripture reading was 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all of your anxieties on God, because He cares for you.
I’ve read that verse many times, but, on that particular morning it was especially encouraging. It was comforting to be reminded that God cared for me and that He said I could cast all of my anxieties on Him.
That is exactly what I did.
I said a quick prayer reminding God of how crabby I can be when I don’t get enough sleep. I asked Him to please help me get through the day without being cross with my husband or yelling at the dog.
You know what? He did. My day did not turn out nearly as bad as I had anticipated. As I recall, it was kind of a nice day. God was gracious.
The following night, I had a good sleep — a little less than nine hours. God is good.
The Pandemic’s Role In Sleepless Nights
I heard something on the news about the increase in insomnia this past year. Did you know it has a name? Coronasomnia. Google it. I found several articles, like this recent one.
According to the articles I read, there are many things about the pandemic affecting our sleep. Our routines are interrupted, our days have become monotonous and repetitive, we’re anxious about contracting the disease, the uncertainties are unsettling. We are spending more and more time on our computers, tablets and phones which contributes to the problem. Our interaction with other people is limited which can be trying. The effects of this disease are far-reaching.
And it’s not just the pandemic. These past few months have been filled with political and racial turmoil. People are on edge and divided. No wonder we can’t sleep.
The Best Remedy For Sleepless Nights
There are many things you can do to help improve your sleep during these stressful times. I’m learning that one of Jesus’s disciples had the best advice of all. Cast all of your anxieties on God, because He cares for you. I need to remember to put this into practice every single night.