I’m a night owl! I’d rather go to bed late and get up late, than go to bed early and get up early the next morning. That said, no matter what time of day or night I go to bed, I can still find it very difficult to empty my mind of all the stresses and strains of the day or the stresses that I know (or imagine!) may lie ahead.
When I have a night where all my worries and stresses keep occupying my mind, it really feels like the night is not my friend. I lie awake trying everything to clear my mind of those distracting thoughts and fall into a deep sleep, but whenever it feels like I’m beginning to doze off, I’m abruptly awakened by a thought that’s come into my head about something I’m stressing about – usually another thing to stress about!
Much as I love a good night’s sleep, I really hate the night when I’m going through days where my anxiety and stresses are high. I do eventually fall asleep but is often an interrupted night’s sleep.
I know my own advice would be to take my stresses and anxieties to God in prayer and leave them with Him. I do try and follow that advice, but it can be difficult sometimes to do that, maybe because I don’t fully give those anxieties to Him, so I hold on to them a little bit. I pray that I will become better at giving every bit of anxiety and stress to God and leaving them with Him.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)