When You Can't Sleep
I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning for some reason and couldn't go back to sleep. I tend to be a worrier, so, of course, I immediately start thinking there's a reason I'd woken up — because something is wrong.
I calculated what time it was on the East Coast and figured it's too early to hear if something actually is wrong over there. Now my heart was pounding, and I was a wreck, and there was no way I could even think about falling asleep. So, I decided to scroll through my Facebook feed, check my email, read the daily blog, and read my news feeds.
I was still not getting tired. I considered if I should just start my day extra early.
Then, I remember what my mom told me years ago when I was a kid and I couldn't sleep. She told me that the time I can't sleep I should spend praying for others. Praying, she said, would relax me enough to fall asleep, or if I didn't end up falling back to sleep, then maybe God woke me up because He wanted me to pray for all those people in particular.
So, I start praying for my family and friends. Then I moved on to the brothers and sisters I know, and then onto the prayer requests I had read about in my email that I had checked or those I remember hearing about, and then onto other people and situations. After a while, I did end up falling asleep and slept better for that period of time than I had the previous few hours.
What do you do when you can't sleep?
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