Don’t worry about your sleep anymore, God can help you restore your circadian rhythm sleep cycle with the insights in these 14 Bible verses.
Why can’t I sleep?
Circadian rhythm is your body’s natural regulation of sleep and wake times. Disruption of the body’s internal clock can have a huge effect on productivity and overall health. You can keep your circadian rhythm in check with healthy habits such as managing stress (defeating FEAR), creating a dark sleep zone, getting out in the sunshine during the day, and eating a healthy diet. God can help you defeat fear and stress in your life and restore your circadian rhythm sleep cycle.
The biology of sleep
Hormones regulate our entire physiology and depend upon the functioning of our biological clocks. As you can imagine, if your circadian rhythm is out of whack, this can lead to hormones being produced at the wrong times or at the wrong levels.
The most important hormones affected by your circadian rhythm are melatonin and cortisol. Melatonin regulates sleep by causing drowsiness and cortisol is used to form glucose and enables anti-stress and anti-inflammatory functions in the body.
Your body’s natural internal 24-hour clock influences how much melatonin is made. A slow release of this hormone into the bloodstream starts between 8 and 10 pm making you feel drowsy and signaling your body to prepare for sleep.
Cortisol and its role in sleep – or lack thereof
Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone” because it is also released during times of stress and creates the “fight or flight” response. Producing too much cortisol can leave you in a heightened state of stress on a continuous basis.
Cortisol is the master stress hormone and very important for the circadian rhythm. If you’re under stress, you’ll have all the effects of elevated and dysregulated cortisol to deal with, which will undoubtedly disrupt your circadian rhythm. Too much cortisol released due to fear will disrupt the natural production of melatonin.
Why can’t I sleep?
Perhaps your enemy has attacked you with a spirit of fear that is causing stress and disrupting your circadian rhythm.
How can you lower stress and rid yourself of FEAR? You must know what the Word of God says, believe it, and live it.
God is always watching over you
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. … 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:2-5, 7-8 KJV
3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. Psalm 3:3-5 KJV
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:6-8 KJV
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:33 KJV
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. Psalm 16:9 KJV
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 KJV
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14 KJV
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 KJV
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 KJV
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 KJV
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 KJV
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7 KJV
Moderate your work habits
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:12 KJV
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2 KJV
Some benefits of sleep and being a doer of the Word
- Lowered stress
- Increased Faith
- Improved health
- Better mood
- Better memory
- Improved daily performance
Restore your Circadian Rhythm
It has been said that whatever stressors are not dealt with during the day will disrupt our sleep at night. God tells us to cast all of our cares on Him and to submit our thoughts and actions to Him. In that state of resting and trusting in God, peace will come to our hearts and sleep will come more freely.
Also, cast down any imaginations or thoughts that tell you that you cannot sleep because of _________. That is just temptation and you do not need to agree with it. Rather, agree with what God says about your sleep.
Pastor Benny Parish
And the Be in Health® Team