Pam Taylor - Christian Life Coach

Secret Sleep Aid

Looking for a good sleep aid?

Frustrating, isn’t it…tossing and turning at night…trying to fall asleep?

I might have an answer for you…if you are willing to try it. No purchase necessary.

I’m about to share my cool discovery with you. If you truly want to improve your ability to fall asleep, you won’t hesitate to try this. But just in case you need an extra incentive…I double-dare you to try my secret.

This secret sleep aid has worked for me about 5 years.

Here’s my story: After years of sleep deprivation, I was desperate for sleep. I had a job that required me to work one day until 9:00 p.m. and then the next day have to leave for work at 6:30 a.m. and work 10 hours and then it was often the 9 p.m. schedule on the following day. Sometimes, it would be two 9 p.m. days in a row. Or two or three early a.m. days in a row, following by the 9 p.m. day. Some weeks we were working 6 days a week. It was hard to get a routine.It was difficult to fall asleep.

We all know it is easier to fall asleep if you have a routine you follow each night.

Since I was not able to have a dependable routine because my work schedule was beyond my control, I needed a solution to help me fall asleep soon after my head hit the pillow, no matter what time it was each night.

I’ve heard your groans as you also sometimes toss and turn at night. And for some of you, it is a regular almost nightly occurence. Maybe it is not from an undependable work schedule. Maybe it is a new baby. Or maybe it is a child that has nightmares. Or any myriad of possibilities that are preventing your falling asleep at night.

Assuming you have checked out other possibilities…like no caffeine late in the day or evening…or an illness that is causing great pain that is preventing sleep. That is a different story. We can talk about that special circumstance if you would like…

But for now, let’s stick with this scenario…

I want you to have your best life possible and I know that sleep is one way to help you to have the best outlook on your life, no matter what challenges you face. I want you to know my secret so you can get some relief…so you can feel your best…so you can do your best…so your work, family, church, neighborhood relationships have the best possible chance of being great (not just good). So all of your life just “works” better! A life coach likes to help people figure out ways to be their best self (by God’s design).

With all that said, here’s the secret

After you have made the room dark and cool and as quiet…

Fluff your pillow.

Lie down on your bed.

Close your eyes.

And

Smile.

Then…

Keep smiling.

That is really what I said.

Smile.

Keep smiling.

And think of how much Jesus loves you.

And imagine Him reaching His arms toward you in love.

And before you know it, it is morning.

Don’t laugh. Well, laugh if you want…because it IS funny…but is also works. It works for me and it will work for you if you give it an honest try.

God says in the Bible that a joyful heart doeth good like medicine. So…smiling will affect the way you look at your life and it will tell your heart that you are joyful and before you know it, you are looking at life differently. And your life “feels” better, even if nothing has changed…(except that you are smiling more).  🙂

Bottom line: I want you to be able to get a better night’s sleep. Like me.

Let me know if I can help. Here is some of what I do..

Pam Taylor. Christian Life Coach. Entrepreneur. Blogger. Coach. Strengths Coach. Improving your options for a more efficient and satisfying life.

6 Comments »

  1. Lovely post, Pam! I make a practice of being grateful each evening for whatever happened during the day, and I think of something joyful to look forward to when I wake up — but I never thought of smiling before! Thank you for the idea. I’ll get started tonight. 🙂

    I’m feeling more rested already.

    Jory

    Comment by Jory Fisher

  2. Hi Jory, I love what you said about book-ending the day with gratefulness and joy. Your post made me smile and I’m not even ready for bed! 🙂

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  3. I will try it tonight. It sounds like a great idea to me.

    Comment by Ellen

  4. Can’t wait to hear if it works for you, Ellen.

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  5. I’m currently struggling with insomnia so your ‘sleep aid’ blog caught my eye and your secret surprised me! But it’s easy enough to try and I like that it doesn’t cost anything! I’m already spending too much money trying to sleep. I will let you know if it works! (I know you through SM, Pam, and have been meaning to email you.)

    Comment by Vicky

  6. Vicky, So glad you did indeed email me. It’s good to hear from you. After I posted this blog about sleep, I was talking with a friend and realized I should have said that sometimes when I am trying to sleep, my smile fades and I have to REsmile and try to hold it, until sleep comes. (It sometimes becomes a matter of “discipline”.) And by concentrating on Jesus with His arms outstretched toward me gives me REASON to smile while I am drifing off. (Another thing that helps me is to guard what goes into my mind just before sleep, so I try to write in my Ebenezer Gratefulness Journal before bed as well. I wrote a post about that Ebenezer Gratefulness Journal awhile back. You can find it here: http://www.loavesandfishescoaching.com/blog/?s=ebenezer+journal ). That is one thing that I do that helps my thoughts to go toward gratefulness to God for showing up in my life that day. (Rather than something negative or worrisome.) Hope some of this helps. Insomnia is no fun. It is definitely an energy drainer. Sleep deprivation can bring on all kinds of other side effects, as well. Praying for you and all that the Lord has brought to this post, looking for relief. May He use this simple method to bring that relief. May the God who gives rest for the weary, grant that rest.

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