Ten Verses to Memorize and Recite
When You Need to Sleep More Peacefully
by Joanne Troppello
Sleep is precious. Sleep is rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul. When you sleep, your cells regenerate and your body can heal. When you keep God’s commandments close to your heart, they will guide you when you are awake and asleep (Proverbs 6:20-22). When you sleep, you can trust in the fact that God will still counsel and instruct your heart (Psalm 16:7)
According to the Sleep Foundation, many adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function properly each day. Of course, that’s not real life – always getting the right amount of sleep. You may be a parent with an infant not sleeping through the night yet. Maybe life is just too busy and there are not enough hours in the day to work, take care of your family, and you are not getting enough sleep each night. You might have the time to sleep but anxiety about problems and issues are causing you to have sleepless nights.
My favorite Bible verse that I’ve memorized to help me sleep peacefully at night is Psalm 4:8.
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)
10 Verses to Help You Sleep Peacefully
Okay, so technically I’m giving you 11 verses, but I wanted to highlight Psalm 4:8 because that’s my favorite verse regarding peaceful sleep that has truly helped me sleep better through the years. If you need to sleep more peacefully, consider which of the following 10 verses resonate with you and memorize those so you can recite them to yourself when you go to sleep at night.
1. When Fearful and You Need to Sleep
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. – Proverbs 3:24 (NKJV)
2. When Fear Overwhelms You
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. – Psalm 91:5-6 (NKJV)
3. When Worry Causes Sleepless Nights
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
4. When You Need God’s Comfort to Sleep
It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2 (NKJV)
5. When You Need a Sound Mind
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – II Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
6. When You are Overwhelmed
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
7. When You Need Peace Through the Storms
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 (NKJV)
8. When You Need to Feel God’s Sustaining Grace
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. – Psalm 3:5 (NKJV)
9. When You Need to Calm Down
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
10. When You Feel Weighed Down from Your Worries
…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – E. Joseph Cossman
That quote resonated with me. I truly agree that many times, getting a good night’s sleep can change your perspective in a positive way – especially when you combine that with prayer, reading your Bible, and memorizing and reciting these scripture verses.
What do you do to make sure you sleep better?
As I mentioned, I recite my favorite Bible verse right when I lay down. Shortly before I go to sleep, I read from the Bible and watch a devotional video to get my mind refocused on God and not on any worries or concerns. Also, I diffuse lavender oil in my diffuser. On nights that I feel more amped up or anxious, I diffuse lavender, clove, and patchouli oil.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.