a prayer request for good sleep.

My attempt at sleeping early last night to make up for all the sleep debt that I had been accumulating over the last weeks failed miserably. I slept intermittently and woke up at 2:30am, unable to sleep anymore. My eyes were wide open and my mind was alert. I had too many thoughts in my head and I felt so overwhelmed by all these thoughts because it was all over the place and it covered almost every single aspect of my life. It was as if my mind couldn’t and doesn’t stop working. So I pulled out my mobile phone and started typing away. I must have written a pretty long entry because I only stopped at nearly 4am and yet I still couldn’t sleep. So I tossed and turned in bed until it was 5:30am and then when my body couldn’t take it anymore, I finally slept.

When I woke up at 8am, I felt like I didn’t rest at all. Even though I went to bed at 9am!


My cough and blocked nose worsened when I arrived at the office and I could “taste” the mucus in my nose – you somehow know you’re down with something when you taste the “sick” kind of virus-y mucus. I made my way to the doctor’s at 4:30pm and told him about last night’s sleeplessness. And how it has been like this for some time. He told me what I had already guessed. I even googled it last night after writing the note.

I have insomnia.

And for the first time in my life I will be taking sleeping pills and relaxants to help me sleep. My doctor said that this would help to reset my very messed-up body clock. I’ll be on medical leave tomorrow and I really do hope to get uninterrupted slumber tonight.

On one hand, I’m thankful that I have such an active mind but on the other hand, if I go on like this, it will be quite damaging for my body. I’m extremely exhausted, to be honest. I’ve carried around a throbbing headache the entire day and it was so bad that I couldn’t properly prepare cell lesson tonight. I’m also preaching this Saturday. I need to recover!

Pray for me, will you? I just want to sleep well. I badly need the physical rest. Thank you.

About Joey Asher Tan

Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing; I am absolutely nothing without Christ.

Posted on July 7, 2010, in Extraordinary Mundane, In Your Face and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. jackie dickie

    i’m sorry to hear about your illness and sleeplessness. i too have battled insomnia on occasion. i will be praying for you to recover quickly and be able to get the much needed rest. Matthew 11:28
    God bless you,
    jackie dickie
    (RJ’s mom)

  2. ragamuffinkid

    Will remember your request in my prayer time, bro. Meanwhile, you rest. :)

    “In the precious name of Jesus, I pray for Your healing touch in J’s life, bind and cast the insomnia out of J, nullify the throbbing headache that he is having, restoring his biological clock once again so that his sleeping pattern is normalized once again. And as he lays his thoughts at Your feet and rests in Your embrace, may You grant him peace and restore in him the strength that he needs and Your joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

  3. thank you caleb, jackie and alex. appreciate your concern and your prayer. i’m still feeling groggy today but at least i got continuous sleep last night. i’ve learnt that even (good) sleep is a gift from God and it should not be taken for granted.

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