This blog post is a written guide and reflection about insomnia from Drew Dickens, Abide's Director of Spiritual Formation.
It’s 4:00 am, and I’m on the roof staring out into the darkness.
Have you ever been awake at 4:00 am? I know that midnight is the darkest time of night, but 4:00 am seems darker, the strange darkness between midnight and dawn. I know that darkness. Even in a dark bedroom, it can keep me from sleeping; it can keep me awake; it can feel crushing. You aren’t alone.
The Mayo Clinic lists several common causes of chronic insomnia. The list included erratic travel or work schedules, inconsistent bedtime habits, and even what you eat or drink late at night. They also report that stress can be a leading cause. Concerns about work, school, health, finances, or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events or trauma — such as the death or illness of a loved one, divorce, or a job loss may also lead to insomnia.
Many people become stressed because they don’t trust God to provide the basic necessities of life. In Matthew 6, Jesus says for you to not worry about your life.
Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than these things. Can worry make you live longer? No. But it can cause you to sleep less.
At Abide, we find joy in helping you pray and meditate to reduce stress and help you enjoy a peaceful night sleep.
It’s interesting, at Abide we actually see a huge increase in people reaching out to pray about this time of night. As I stand up here, I see lights on, I hear cars, I can feel them. Have you been one of those awake, too afraid to sleep, wanting to pray, but unable to find the words or afraid of the words you will find?
We hope you will take time to search with Abide for a peaceful night’s sleep. A way out of fear and anxiety. We want to help you find the words to ask the Spirit of God to give you restful time with Him tonight.
Listen to this prayer and meditation experience to help you with any sleep or insomnia difficulties you may be having tonight. You may want to consider playing it softly next to your pillow as you rest tonight.