Sleep is one of the pillars of well-being, along with nutrition, exercise, and self-compassion. If you’re not sleeping, you’re not healing. Of course, there is a percentage of people who can thrive on 5 hours of sleep (I am not one of those people). If you cherish quality sleep and would like more of it in your life, here are 3 bedtime poems perfect for your nightstand.
“[S]leep, and enough of it, is the prime necessity. Enough exercise, and good food and enough, are other necessities. But sleep—good sleep, and enough of it—this is a necessity without which you cannot have the exercise of use, nor the food.” — Edward Everett Hale, “How to Get the Best of It”
There is a lot of research on sleep, and the field is still blossoming.
With the publication of my book, Sleep Affirmations, and a second book in the works, I have been blessed with the ability to dig a little bit deeper into the body of research concerning sleep. How exciting that sleep is becoming a greater priority, not just for me but for countless others.
If enough quality sleep is on your list of priorities, it’s likely that optimal well-being is too. While the right amount of sleep and the best way to approach sleep varies depending on the individual, there are a few helpful practices I recommend trying:
- Turning your bedroom into a sanctuary for the mind, body, and spirit: not allowing work or anything that doesn’t resonate with peace, love, sleep, and intimacy to enter.
- Distancing yourself from technology: turning off notifications, turning on “do not disturb” or “airplane” mode, block “blue light” with an app or built-in function (warmer, orange hues signal nighttime is here), or *gasp* turning the device off and/or leaving it in another room.
- Invite ritual into your night. The evening is a precious time to unwind, engage with the present moment, leave the stress of the day behind, and train your brain and body to prepare for, and thus expect, a deeper sleep.
Reading inspirational/spiritual text before bed is a wonderful practice. Reading tires the eyes and calms the mind, as long as you’re not reading anything that’s violent or so engaging that it keeps you awake.
For your nighttime reading pleasure, here are 3 bedtime poems that were created with peaceful sleep in mind.
3 Bedtime Poems to Soothe Your Mind, Heart & Soul
1. When I need assistance in letting go, love comes to my side.
At my core, love is all I know.
The essence of who I am holds no pain inside.
I am free and at peace.
I fall asleep easily tonight because love runs my life.
— I am wholly lovingYou're not the only one who benefits from a good night's sleep: everyone around you will benefit from you being your best, most rested self. tell a friend
2. I forgive and let go as many times as I need to.
No matter my reasons for clinging to painful seasons, I can go beyond them.
I do myself a favor, and I forgive and let go.
I keep nothing but peace for myself now.
— I forgive and let goSleep is for the strong. tell the world
3. As I focus on the beauty of life, dreams come in to catch me.
Everything softens now.
I am beckoned to the other side of awake.
I welcome this joyous, tranquil place.
— I welcome positive dreamsOnce you start prioritizing sleep, you will begin to fall in love with sleep. Sleep becomes love, and love becomes sleep. tell a friend
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Let me know:
What nourishing practices help you fall asleep?
Share your favorite bedtime poems, how getting enough quality sleep helps you flourish, and any stories or ideas with me in the comments below—I’d love to read them!
Share these soothing poems with a friend who could use some real rest.
Befriend sleep; you are befriending yourself.