Last night was my turn around from nights to days. Monday through Thursday nights this month I have been working nights. Fridays I go back to my normal schedule for the weekend. I sleep at night.
Fridays are always hard to balance between time awake and time asleep. I hate to waste my entire Friday sleeping. So I try to sleep for a few hours when I get home from work to rest from being up all night. But all the while I know I will sleep all night once Friday night rolls around. There is a fine line between too much sleep in the daytime hours on Fridays and just the right amount of sleep so I am rested to be productive on my Friday yet still be able to sleep at night..if I sleep too much during the day it causes me to be up all night once again as I have been the four nights prior
Last night sleep was not going to happen. Blame it on too much caffeine during my waking hours or too much sleep during the day. I went to bed around midnight and lie there wide awake. For hours. 😦 My mind racing with things I needed to accomplish. I knew if I got up and succumbed to my insomnia I would fail at transitioning from nights to days. My only option was to lie there quietly and convince my body it was time to sleep. I was not nocturnal. So I began to do what we are all taught as youngsters. I began counting sheep. Except it wasn’t sheep I was counting.
I love the quote from Bing Crosby, “When I’m worried and cannot sleep, i count my blessings instead of sheep.”
I began counting my blessings. One after another. I live in a free country. I am healthy. I have a roof over my head and food on the table. I have a job and transportation. I have family and friends. I am loved. I have a God that loves me and watches over me. I am blessed.
My insomnia did not go away, but my worries did. All the overwhelming tasks that rushed through my mind minutes before became doable. A plan began to fall into place. All because I counted my blessings. My worries turned to thankfulness. My fear turned to praise.
Do any of you ever suffer from insomnia? Need a sleep aid to help you nod off to slumber?
My advice to you is to count your blessings instead of sheep. Then once you’re done, you’ll fall fast asleep!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
Love and laughter,