Seems that every day, I hear someone talking about lack of sleep. Or a Facebook post: “Who else is up?” Another: “Why am I still up at 3:30?”
These people can’t fall asleep. They have “tried everything.” Nothing seems to work.
They haven’t tried everything.
I have the solution!
It works every single time it’s tried.
Guaranteed or your money back.
No ups. No extras.
You don’t need sleep aids or pills. You don’t need chamomile tea or warm milk with butter and honey before beddy-bye, although these are fun and dee-lish!
NOTE: My solution is not intended to replace medical advice. If your doctor has prescribed medication for you, or if you are being otherwise treated for a specific medical condition, do not disregard his/her advice! If you have any doubts or questions, consult your physician.
But… I’d still suggest you ask them if you should try my advice.
Are you ready for my guaranteed, no-fail cure for insomnia?
Have you read my disclaimer? Do you understand it?
Want to sleep this soundly?
Every single time you try it.
And just for kicks, let’s say it doesn’t work. What’s the worst that’s happened? You’ve constructively used time that you would have otherwise spent in misery.
But it won’t happen.
You will fall asleep.
Structured prayer works best.
It will work.
Focus on a particular need. Best if you focus on someone other than yourself. Lose yourself in thoughts of a friend, a co-worker, a loved one…
Someone who is ill. Someone who has experienced a death in the family. A caregiver who doesn’t get relief. Someone enduring a trying time.
What if I don’t know how to pray? What if I don’t know a structured prayer?
Being Catholic certainly has its advantages. The Holy Rosary is a staple in our spiritual diet. Besides the Divine Mercy Chaplet, there are various other chaplets. If you have a favorite, by all means, use it! It will work.
But let’s say you are unfamiliar with prayer.
The Rosary consists of five decades (ten prayers) of the Hail Mary, along with introductory and closing prayers and a meditation for each decade.
Don’t know how to pray the Rosary?
Say the Hail Mary.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Think about the person or situation you are praying for as you pray.
Say it ten times. Or don’t count. Just continue to pray it.
Focus on the intention of your prayers.
How much good have you done?
And as you drift off to sleep, you are lifting up good intentions to God.
One more thing.
Don’t doubt me until you’ve tried it.
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.