Sleep is one of the pillars of well-being. If you’re not sleeping, you’re not healing. Of course, there are some people who can thrive on 5 hours of sleep (I am NOT one of those people). If you cherish quality sleep and would like more of it in your life, here are 3 bedtime poems perfect for your nightstand.
“[S]leep, and enough of it, is the prime necessity. Enough exercise, and good food and enough, are other necessities. But sleep—good sleep, and enough of it—this is a necessity without which you cannot have the exercise of use, nor the food.” — Edward Everett Hale
If sleep is at a top priority, I'd be doing you a disservice if I didn't tell you about my TWO books that address sleep from different angles.
My first book, Sleep Affirmations, helps you think better thoughts at night, which deters all those other thoughts that keep you up at night.
My third book, Sleep Rituals, is filled with down-to-earth practices and recipes that help you transition from day to night, so your head and body know it's time to relax. Sleep comes easier.
Here are a few helpful practices I recommend trying:
- Turning your bedroom into a sanctuary for the mind, body, and spirit: not allowing work or anything that doesn’t resonate with peace, love, sleep, and intimacy to enter.
- Distancing yourself from technology: turning off notifications, turning on “do not disturb” or “airplane” mode, block “blue light” with an app or built-in function (warmer, orange hues signal nighttime is here), or *gasp* turning the device off and/or leaving it in another room.
- Invite ritual into your night. The evening is a precious time to unwind, engage with the present moment, leave the stress of the day behind, and train your brain and body to prepare for, and thus expect, a deeper sleep.
For your nighttime reading pleasure, here are 3 bedtime poems to help you feel better, so you can fall asleep easier.
3 Bedtime Poems to Soothe Your Mind, Heart & Soul
1. When I need assistance in letting go, love comes to my side.
At my core, love is all I know.
The essence of who I am holds no pain inside.
I am free and at peace.
I fall asleep easily tonight because love runs my life.
— I am wholly loving
You're not the only one who benefits from a good night's sleep: everyone around you will benefit from you being your best, most rested self.
2. I forgive and let go as many times as I need to.
No matter my reasons for clinging to painful seasons, I can go beyond them.
I do myself a favor, and I forgive and let go.
I keep nothing but peace for myself now.
— I forgive and let go
Once you start prioritizing sleep, you begin to fall in love with sleep. Sleep becomes love, and love becomes sleep.
3. As I focus on the beauty of life, dreams come in to catch me.
Everything softens now.
I am beckoned to the other side of awake.
I welcome this joyous, tranquil place.
— I welcome positive dreams
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Surprise: each of these bedtime poems is from my book, Sleep Affirmations! Get all 200 of them on your nightstand.
Which of these poems did you really need to read today?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!
P.S. Yes, affirmations work. Especially if you can't fall asleep because you've got a million things on your mind and your brain just goes... and goes. Get Sleep Affirmations to let all those thoughts go. And finally get some rest.