Through out the years, I have tried the typical suggestions to cure the battle of falling asleep and staying asleep. Most of them don't work. I even find myself coming up with new story lines or poems while I am struggling to drift off to sleep. I don't find this quite as irritating as when I wake up during the night and have trouble falling back asleep.
Recently, I decided to stop fighting the early wake up call that I have battled for years that comes between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. This early morning wake up call has always left me feeling as though I haven't gotten any rest during the night. I wake up feeling tired before I even get out of bed.
I know, for myself, when I wake up during the night I want someone to talk to. Or, you might say, someone to go through my misery with me. I can't wake up my daughter or my husband and ruin their nights sleep. After all, they lead busy lives as well and they need their rest. Obviously, I can't make much noise in order to not disrupt their sleep. And honestly, there isn't much you can do at this time of the night.
For me, I have found the cure for what I used to call an irritating problem. That's right, I no longer struggle with waking up and going back to sleep. I no longer struggle with feeling so tired before I get out of bed. In fact, I look forward to the early morning wake up calls.
My routine now during this time is to take out my Bible and read. Then I pray about the concerns I have about my upcoming day. Sometimes, I just sit in silence after reading scripture. Before long, I am feeling peaceful and relaxed. I can then go back to bed, curl up in my covers and drift right off to sleep. When I wake in the morning, I am more relaxed and ready to face the day. I don't miss the sleep I lost while spending time with God's Word.
I truly believe that when you honor God, He honors you in return. I also believe that if you don't find time with God, He will find that time for you to spend with Him. I no longer try to fit time with God's Word into my schedule while trying to juggle all of the day's demands. I submit to spending time with God when He arranges those moments, minutes or hours that He clears my schedule.