I L O V E a good night’s sleep. It’s one of life’s great pleasures. But sleep comes difficult at times for me, and I know it does for many of us.
I have made some strides in this area and thought I’d share what helps me get a lot more sleep than I used to, as I’ve moved from a typical 4-5 hours per night sleeper to a 7-8 hours guy.
I adjusted my clock by a half-day. Huh? Yep, that’s what I did. Well, not really the clock itself but I made an adjustment in how I looked at a day.
The day is broken up into two parts, the part that is light and the part that is dark. We call their respective beginnings morning and evening. We understand that morning is the beginning of the day and evening is the ending of the day.
And that is where I was wrong.
Rolling back to the creation story in Genesis we find that the rhythm of the day is just the opposite. There was evening and there was morning, the first day. The day started when the sun went down.
That means the last day is over at sundown too.
Like you, I live in a world with light bulbs and battery powered screens plus access to enough wattage to light up all my gadgetry. The day is not over just because the sun goes down. I can see to continue on just fine.
But the decision about when the day ends is mine. And I choose to let it be a new day when the sun goes down.
When I get home from work, I am moving into a new day. I get to see my wife, hang out, eat dinner, smooch a little, watch a show, babysit the grandkids, hang with some friends…whatever we have planned that evening…then take a good, long nap. Maybe smooch some more too!
When I wake up in the morning, I have the whole rest of the day to work – until the sun goes down and I get to greet a new day.
Squeezing more into a day than was designed – that was my problem.
You can call it what you will but it opened a new doorway to process yesterday’s stuff so that it didn’t become today’s problems as much.
Yes, I still live by the same clock as the rest of humanity but I am finding that you can dance to a different rhythm along the way. This worked for me. Still does to this day.
I don’t sleep perfectly every night but this truly helps me go to bed with a more grateful mind and heart, I sleep more peacefully and wake up ready to get after the rest of the day.
Some of us really struggle to get rest at night. Some of us are dealing with major issues and complex pain. I am very aware and sympathetic, I truly am. Some of us deal with pressure and tension from all manner of points. Now’s not the time to get into all that – just wanted you to know that I acknowledge the tension and pain is real.
I write as a fellow struggler who cares. I hope talking about it brings some hope and that The Lord will bless you with rest as you consider His original design of the day. It’s a small adjustment but it created a big change for me. How about you? Are you experiencing restful sleep at night? What’s your secret?