Overcoming Insomnia
    Are you having trouble sleeping??? Insomnia is the inability to sleep when it is the time to sleep.   However, God's Words says that He gives his beloved sleep.  So what is the problem?  As with any disorder, there may be a variety of factors.

    We understand that the modern computer was modeled after the mind of man.  When one starts the shutdown mode, the computer begins to organize and save any unsaved material that needs to be saved.   The computer can not properly be shut down until the process is complete.  The more the material that there is to be organized and saved the longer the process takes.  If there is some information that is in conflict with other material, the shut down procedure may stop before it completes its function.

    Likewise, one major cause for insomnia may be found in the processing of the events in the mind.  If one watches an exciting drama on T.V. just before bed time, his mind may spend a good part of the night processing the events.  A resolution would be to avoid a much as possible such drama, especially just before retiring.  Give yourself a break before trying to go to sleep.   "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me" (Psalm 101:3).   "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way" (Psalm 119:37). See: "Stop And Be Refreshed."

     If one has encountered some major emotional hurts during the day or previous days, his mind may become fixed on those wounds.  He will find himself stewing about the offenses rather than sleeping.  The resolution is to forgive all those who have offended you and receive emotional healing through Jesus.  See: The Healing For The Emotions.

    If one had entertained some intellectual problem during the day, then his mind may also try to resolve that during the time he should be sleeping.  For example, one may try to figure out a problem, turning it over and over in his mind.   The resolution is to realize that there is a time and place for everything including sleep.  "A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace" (Ecclesiastes 3:7-8).    This may require some assertive discipline and practice.

    If one had done something to violate his conscience, then he may feel guilty and worry about it during the time that he should be sleeping.  The resolution is to pray, ask God's forgiveness, and commit himself to ask the forgiveness of others that he has offended and make restitution if necessary.   See: Steps In Getting A Clear Conscience, Benefits Of A Clear Conscience.

    If one is continually changing his routine, he most likely with have problems with insomnia.  It normally takes from several days up to a couple of weeks to be come adjusted to a new routine.  Shift work is terrible!  The resolution is to develop and keep a constant routine as much as possible even if you are on shift work.   Peter wrote, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (I Peter 5:7).

    Early stages of low blood sugar often causes a restlessness with contributes to insomnia. To overcome this, one may need to reduce his intake of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates.  There may also be a need to reduce some starchy foods such as potatoes.  One may be able to substitute the sugar with fruits and some honey.  "It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory" (Proverbs 25:27).

    I have personally discovered that a lack of calcium may be a contributing factor to insomnia.  I normally supplement my diet with bone meal or Cal Mag.  Vitamins D and C and magnesium also may help the body absorb calcium.  Please note that I am not a nutritionist.

    Too much or too little exercise may also hinder one's rest and sleep.  Multiple light stretching exercises for about 15 to 20 minutes just before bed time may help in this area.  The Word says that physical exercise does have some profit. "For bodily exercise profiteth little" (I Timothy 4:8a).

    The inability to stop "running" may be a hindering factor to rest and sleep.  People who "run" about their business all day have difficulty coming to a peaceful rest.  At this point, the resolution may be to purpose to spend some time in prayer and mediation upon the Word of God at bed time.  "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. (Psalm 4:4).  "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10).

Promises of God concerning sleep:

 Psalms 3:5  "I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me."

Psalms 4:8  "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety."

 Psalms 121:4  "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."

 Psalms 127:2  "It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep."

 Proverbs 3:24  "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet."

 Ecclesiastes 5:12  "The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep."