Bedtime Routine

Oh how I love my bedtime routine!  I love my days, but I much look forward to the end when I can have my alone time and read.  I also get to spend quality time with my family, and I cherish that part of my evening.

I used to find that when I laid down at night, all my next day’s to-do list would tumble through my head.  Not to mention events that went on in my day that might have brought on some anxiety for me, or things that I am worried about.  Is it just me?  Or do you find that bedtime is much looked forward to, but is the time that makes your head whirl with worry and despair.

That doesn’t sound like something I should love right?  But since I was studying the book of Job a few months ago, I came across a verse that really spoke to me.  Job 33:14-16 says, “For God speaks again and again, in dreams, in visions of the night when deep sleep falls on men as they lie on their beds.  He opens their ears in times like that and gives them wisdom and instruction.”

We are supposed to use the time before bed to reflect and think of wonderful thoughts that you want to fill your subconscious.  Once I started changing my method of thinking before I floated off to Dreamland, my night’s sleeps were completely changed.  Filling my mind with the delightful things in my life instead of the horrible or the worried ones made my sleeps much more peaceful and calm.

It was a hard transition, but when you think of the science of how our subconscious works, it does make sense.  Our subconscious is the most comfortable when we are asleep.  We want to be thinking of the positive in our lives, not the negative.  Not the things in your life you can’t change.  How someone treated you, you can’t change, but you can change how you treat the people in your life.

When we are in our sleep state our subconscious is what is working, and if we fill our thoughts right before our sleep state with negativity, which will fill our subconscious with negativity, which in turn will fill our days with the exactly that.  Negativity.  We have to learn to release the negativity and focus on what we want in our lives, not what we don’t want, and this is the most important to do right before we go to bed, so that our subconscious can work for us, while we are fast asleep.

Sounds easy enough.  Right?  In all honesty, I still catch myself thinking thoughts that are unnecessary right before bed.  I really have to stay disciplined to reminding myself to put negative thoughts out of my mind, especially right before I doze off.  Whatever it is that needs to be worried about, I can worry about it another time.  Bedtime is a time for me to be thankful for everything that made my day great.  It’s a time to let me focus on the things I want in my life.  Love.  Joy.  Peace.  Patience.  Kindness.  Goodness.  Faithfulness.  Self-Control.  That is what I want to fill my life with, and that is what I try to fill my bedtime thoughts.

Give it a try and see if your bedtime routine is any different with this change of mind and perspective.  I’m sure your goals in life are much the same as mine, and this is a way of helping achieve these great gifts of life.