When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Sleep Well Tonight!

Encouraging you to sleep well on near a river.

Strategies you can use to sleep well tonight.

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There have been times when I simply did not sleep well.  It took me hours to fall asleep and then I just tossed and turned and woke up all night.

Fortunately, that has not happened in a while.  I have been sleeping like a baby.

Here are some things you can do to sleep like a baby tonight and every night.

Jot down what worries you.

Jot down what worries you before you go to bed.  Put this list somewhere you will remember it in the morning, but not in the bedroom.  Resolve to get up and deal with it in the morning.

Forgive anyone who has hurt you.

Forgive anyone who has hurt you today before you go to bed.  Going to bed angry creates anxiety and anxiety keeps you awake.

To forgive someone, write down what they have done to hurt you.  Then pray for forgiveness for them.  Then tear up what you have written about what he or she did to hurt you.  Either flush the scraps down the toilet or burn them.

Use good stress management techniques.

Life is often very stressful.  Stress makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.  How well you manage your stress during the day affects the quantity and quality of your sleep at night.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink.

Within in a few hours of going to bed, make certain you do not eat a heavy meal.  Remember that both nicotine and caffeine are stimulants and can keep you awake at night.  Alcohol may make you sleepy but when it wears off you may wake up.

Create a restful environment.

Make your bedroom ideal for sleeping well.   To me this means dark and quiet.  Light keeps me awake.

I also practice piano or listen to music before I go to bed to help me relax.  Sometimes I take a bath before going to bed.

Reading aloud before going to bed helps me to sleep better also.  When I was going through my divorce, I worried constantly. It was natural to worry constantly, but it definitely kept me from sleeping well. A therapist taught me a trick to stopping my worry: read out loud. My brain simply cannot worry and read out loud at the same time. So when I read out loud before going to bed, I do not worry at night.


Life has kept me from getting a good night’s sleep in the past, but for the past few years I have slept like a baby.  I hope that you get the rest you deserve and need every night too.

Remember that not sleeping well makes depression and anxiety worse the next day.  It is critical to your well-being to get a good night’s sleep especially if you suffer from depression or anxiety or PTSD. Sleeping well allows you body to heal from physical conditions too.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Sleep well tonight!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

Read more about how to reduce anxiety and worry here.

Read about another way to be successful here.

Click here to read about surviving adversity.

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If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!

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One comment on “Sleep Well Tonight!

Linda Taylor

I am going to try writing things down before going to bed and see how that works for me, you may be onto something. I LOVE reading your Blog.


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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