10 affirmations for sleep

10 Affirmations to Repeat When You Can’t Fall Asleep

December 06, 2021

If you’re one of the many adults who have trouble falling asleep each night, you know the frustration that inevitably occurs as a result of tossing and turning for hours. In Jennifer Williamson’s new book, Sleep Affirmations, she shares 200 phrases that you can repeat to yourself to help you drift off peacefully. We’ve shared 10 of our favorites below. Choose one affirmation to repeat nightly, taking 5 to 10 minutes to let the message sink in. You may also want to place a hand on your heart or belly as a self-comforting mechanism. Don’t worry if distractions arise—simply return to the affirmation. The important thing is that it feels true to you. You can always modify it as you wish.

I have done my best today, and I am willing to forgive the rest.

My best is always good enough and everything else is worthy of forgiveness. I am willing to try this belief: I have done my best. I forgive the rest. Now it’s time to let go.

All is well and I am supported.

I don’t need to figure everything out— not all at once, and not tonight. My questions are absorbed by the silence of night. I trust that all I need will be revealed to me with perfect clarity. For now, sleep is what’s best.

An easiness is in the air.

Peace trickles in with each belly breath, filling me up with spaciousness. A sense of quiet joy floats through me; a calm awareness that subdues all worries. My brow softens. Sleep comes easier to me now.

I believe in what ’s possible.

I embrace every ounce of my potential. I don’t need to see the whole path. When I must adjust, I can. When I must let go, I can learn how. I accept all good things that are on their way now.

I am free to be in the present moment.

I am freed from the pull of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The purity of this moment is where I’m meant to be. Every layer of me becomes lighter as I sink back into deep presence. This is my home.

I am more than the thoughts that happen to occur.

The thoughts inside my head are not indicative of who I really am. I am more than their messages. I am the one who hears, who witnesses. What a relief: a thought is just a thought and not me.

I release all emotional negativity.

I loosen the bonds that chain me to a painful identity. I am not the pain that I feel. Negativity cannot define me. I accept what is here with me and untie myself from every illusion. I accept and release negativity in order to gain freedom.

As I inhale peace, I exhale release.

Each inhale brings in rich, wholesome energy. I inhale with presence and locate the areas that crave release. I exhale mindfully, sending away all tension and disease. Each exhale brings me closer and closer to peace.

I rest inside a pause.

Between today and tomorrow a certain calmness rules my world. I stop spinning and my soul thanks me for this breathing space. This pause is ready to take me in, ready to show me how everything is nourished, one breath at a time.

I am light enough for sleep to carry me.

My journey into sleep is all about releasing what I don’t need. The less I carry, the lighter I become. I don’t add to myself; I lighten my load. Every burden I drop makes it easier for sleep to carry me home.

Excerpted from Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep Copyright © 2018 by Jennifer Williamson (AimHappy.com) and published by Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Interior design by Colleen Cunningham.

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