The bible’s answer to getting a better night’s sleep

Over the last few years I have had many bouts of insomnia, mainly caused by PTSD and anxiety and I am at the point where I’m like enough is enough, I need to do something about this. Anyone who has had insomnia will know how draining it is and that anything in your life that is remotely stressful suddenly becomes 10 times more stressful with lack of sleep.

Before I get onto what the bible says about sleep, if you experience insomnia, you have no idea why, and you haven’t tried taking magnesium – try it. Magnesium deficiency can cause insomnia and is more common than you would think. Magnesium also plays a key role in regulating the body’s stress response system.

Anywho, enough about that …

What does the bible say about getting good sleep? 

I’ve found two sections of scripture that hold the answers to sleeping well:

Psalm 4:5–8

“Put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 3:21–26

“Keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”

It’s plain as day, really.

  • Put your trust in the Lord
  • Keep sound wisdom and discretion
  • Be not afraid of sudden fear

I know 100% that when I’m not sleeping well, it’s because I’m not trusting in God. I’m letting my anxieties get away with themselves. This week I am going to make a concerted effort to make God my confidence and not give in to my fears.

I’ll finish off with words from a hymn that I like to pray if I am feeling particularly anxious at night:

Lord keep us safe this night
secure from all our fears
may angels guard us while we sleep
till morning light appears.


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