What do you want to think about before falling asleep? If you’re like most people, then your mind is racing with thoughts that are either anxiety-inducing or negative.
It’s 3 AM. You’re wide awake, staring at your ceiling, the minutes ticking by on your clock. Your mind is racing and you feel like you can’t get enough air.
This feeling of insomnia or anxiety may seem endless but there are ways to help yourself fall asleep again.
In this blog post, we will discuss sleep affirmations that will help you find sleep again- from sleep affirmations for falling asleep to sleep affirmations for depression.
These sleep affirmations plus some additional tips will give you some good ideas on how to get a good night’s rest every day!
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What Are Sleep Affirmations?
Affirmations are just phrases that we tell ourselves, either consciously or subconsciously. Most affirmations you find will start with the phrase, “I am”. This is because when you want to affirm something, you want to do it in the present tense.
You might be wondering, “do sleep affirmations actually work?” The answer is yes!
If you repeat these phrases long enough and with the right intentions and actions, then they will produce results in your life.
Sleep Affirmations for Falling Asleep
- My body is ready to rest and fall asleep now.
- I welcome sleep.
- Falling asleep is something I do effortlessly.
- My life may be a little chaotic but that’s okay because I’ll find peace in sleep tonight
- Rest is welcoming me tonight.
- I am ready for rest.
- This is the perfect time to sleep. My body and mind are both tired so I can go ahead and drift off now.
- The most peaceful night’s rest awaits me tonight.
- I love myself and I’m ready to sleep now.
- It’s time to let go of the stress from my day so that I can fall asleep easily tonight.
- I am going to sleep at peace with what is ahead and what is in the past.
- I’m ready to sleep now.
- My mind is at peace right now and I’m falling asleep easily tonight.
- It’s time for bed- that means it’s time to go ahead and fall into a deep, peaceful slumber.
- This is a perfect night for rest so I am going to let myself drift off to sleep.
Sleep Affirmations for Anxiety & Depression
- My mind is at rest so my body can rest too.
- My anxious thoughts are not who I am.
- Even though I have anxiety, I can sleep restfully.
- I am feeling grateful and peaceful.
- I can release my anxiety and rest.
- Even though I have depression, it doesn’t affect my sleep.
- I will sleep peacefully tonight, despite my anxious thoughts.
- My mind is calm.
- I can choose to sleep and ignore my anxious thoughts.
- Even though I’m depressed, it does not affect the quality of my sleep at all.
- My depression doesn’t stop me from sleeping peacefully every night.
- I can sleep peacefully and let my worries go.
- I’m ready to sleep now and I don’t let my depression stop me.
- My body can rest even though I have anxiety or depression.
- Calming thoughts fill my mind as I drift off to sleep.
Sleep Affirmations for Success
- I accomplished all that I needed today and will do the same tomorrow.
- Success is always within my reach.
- I look forward to all that I will accomplish tomorrow.
- I am going to sleep because tomorrow is a new day and I have many things to do.
- I reached my goals today and will reach my goals tomorrow.
- Tomorrow is a new day that will bring success.
- I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.
- I am grateful for everything I’ve accomplished today.
- Tomorrow is a new day with many opportunities to succeed.
- My achievements are still mine no matter what time of the day it is, including while I’m sleeping or when I wake up in the morning.
- I am already a great success.
- Success is already mine.
- I will sleep knowing that I am successful and that there is more success in my future.
- I have so much confidence in myself and my abilities.
- My sleep is peaceful because I know that tomorrow will be a great day for success.
How To Use Sleep Affirmations
There are many ways that you can use affirmations but below are a few of my favorite ways.
Write Them Down in a Journal
You can write your affirmations down every day in a journal. You can even go as far as writing them down and then reading them out loud to yourself before you sleep at night.
Have Them on Post-It Notes Around Your House
You can also put post-it notes around your bedroom/house with some of these affirmations on them. When you see a post-it note, you can repeat the affirmation to yourself.
Write Them on a Mirror
A few years ago, I received wine glass writers and never used them until this year. I started writing affirmations on my mirrors and every time I walked past them, I would say it out loud.
Record Them for You to Listen to
If you’re not into writing and don’t mind the sound of your voice, you can record them and then listen to them as you sleep. If this is the case, I would recommend that you’re in a quiet place or use headphones/earbuds if your recording device can do so because it will pick up all sounds.
If you’d rather not listen to yourself, see if a loved one would be willing to record them for you.
Bonus Tips for A Restful Evening
Reciting bedtime affirmations before you go to sleep isn’t the only way to ensure a restful night. Here are a few more tips to help you create your perfect night:
– Wind down at least an hour before bed. Do some deep breathing exercises and try to relax your muscles as much as possible.
– Make sure you’re not eating right before sleep time – or if so, make it a light snack such as crackers/toast with peanut butter or something similar. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol just before bed.
– Keep your room at a comfortable temperature for you. Science shows that sleeping in a cooler room is optimal for the best sleep but you know you best. Some ways to control the temperature better include using a fan, wearing specific pajamas, or using a heated mattress pad.
– Create a perfect sleeping playlist of music or videos. Make sure that it’s something soothing, not distracting or annoying! Below is my favorite video to listen to as I’m falling asleep. See if it works for you!
– Try using essential oils for their aromatherapy properties – Lavender is an amazing one to use in particular because the scent is so calming.
If you want even more tips for having a restful evening, check out my post on creating an evening routine.
Sleep is essential to our health and well-being, but it can be difficult for some people. You might also try repeating these phrases (and using the sleep tips) when you’re lying awake at night, visualizing yourself as sleepy as possible while saying them aloud.
Even if you don’t do them right as you go to bed, you can still think of them as end-of-day affirmations, as you’re winding down in the evening.
What’s your favorite positive sleep affirmation? Let me know in the comments!
Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.
Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.