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10 Bible Verses for When You Can’t Sleep at Night

In this post: Can’t sleep? Tossing and Turning? I’ve totally been there too. Here are 10 Bible verses for when you can’t sleep at night. I hope they help you find rest.


Have you spent your night tossing and turning and staring at your phone for hours? You get up and walk around, watch a TV show, only to find yourself more awake than when you started trying to get to sleep. How about reading some Bible verses when you can’t sleep?

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Restless nights happen more frequently than I would like to admit, and no matter how tired I get, I can’t seem to find a way to get to sleep. I’ve tried everything from shutting off my devices an hour before bed, drinking a sleepy time tea, or even enjoying a quiet bath just before bed.

Instead of counting sheep, consider spending some time with God in the wee hours of the night when you can’t. I’ve found that through meditating with god, I’ve been able to have a more restful, peaceful, and easier time sleeping at night. Here are 10 Bible verses for when you can’t sleep.

What Does God Say About Sleep and Insomnia?

The bible talks about sleep many times. Over and over again, Jesus tells us not to be worried or anxious about our lives. What we will eat, or what we will wear, even what tomorrow will bring, which is a huge reason we don’t sleep. 

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (Proverbs 3:24)

His gift to us is His peace. 

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

What Does the Bible Say About Rest? 

Jesus also says He will give us rest. And you KNOW His rest is good! 

“”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

How to Use the Reading Plan and Customize It for YOU

Below I’ve listed the Bible verses for when you can’t sleep. I’ve also included a free printable version of these verses. Here’s how you can keep these verses front and center in your day-to-day life:

  • Print the verses out and put them where you can see them every day. Especially when you first wake up and before you go to bed, to sort of bookend your day with God’s truth. Perhaps, tape them to your bathroom mirror, set them on your nightstand, or put them on the fridge.
  • Another way to use the reading plan below and customize it for you, is to grab some cue cards, or cut up paper, and write the verses down, one at a time.
  • Also, read them out loud when you see them each day. 
  • And finally, memorize the verses you love most. 

By reading them, writing them, speaking them and memorizing them, they will become more ingrained in your brain and will sink deep for easy recall when you again feel pressure or worry. 

Can't sleep? Tossing and Turning? I've totally been there too. Here are 10 Bible verses for when you can't sleep at night. I hope they help you find rest.

The Top 10 Bible Verses to Read When You Can’t Sleep

  1. “When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (Proverbs 3:24)
  2. “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.” (Psalm 3:5)
  3. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
  4. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
  5. “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” (Psalm 116:7 NIV)
  6. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:1,5,11)
  7. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8, KJV)
  8. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
  9. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
  10. “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (Peter 5:7, ESV)

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Download the Free Printable Sleep Bible Verses

To get your own printable copy of these sleep bible verses instantly, just leave your email below. Then check your email (remember to check your spam and junk too) to confirm your email and your printable verses will be sent straight to your inbox! 

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We all have those nights when we have a lot on our minds or a lot on our hearts. Rather than continue to toss and turn at night, keep these bible verses handy and repeat them until you fall asleep! You can choose to memorize these or keep a journal or notecards handy on your bedside table. No matter what is weighing in your heart or on your mind this evening…

If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, get our free printable calming Bible verses here. Or if you’re up worrying about money, visit our post filled with 15 Bible Verses to Ease Financial Worries

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I hope that these bible verses and psalms help you fall asleep tonight and that you find comfort in them.

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Comments

  1. Kabo Makutu says

    We thank God, I have a problem of talking while sleeping, kicking and my body jacks, sometimes cry, fight etc, shout but all this i cant hear myself, this has been happening for years

  2. Rebecca Sechrist says

    These would be great in audio file to upload. Been having sleep issues and looked apps for positive affirmations binereal beats aromatherapy etc.i end up on my phone researching and never going to sleep lol as to best combinations. These passages could be looped at night possibly to help restorative sleep and meditation. Thanks for the resource.

  3. Jayne says

    Oh I needed these as great night time reminders. Some evenings sleep comes so quickly and then there are all those other evenings when the arrows are flying through my head and no matter how I reach out to God in prayer I can’t find sleep. Thank you! It is such a crazy time and it is sometimes easier to worry than to pray and trust God and His word.
    But your post was a welcome reminder, He still on the thrown and in charge!

    • Shannon Acheson says

      Yes! It’s true. I envy my husband as he can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Me, not so much! But we all need the reminders sometimes that God is still in control. 🙂

  4. ian boston says

    Sorry, this may be site for Christian ladies, not men. Thank you for taking the time to construct this website and help believers. God bless.

  5. Verlinda Bluestone says

    very helpful!!! i usually sleep easily but tonight i cannot. so i opened my nightstand bible and looked some of these up. i ended up reading many of these in entirety. Great post. I am glad i found your site because I also need decorating tips and ways to put a room together. thanks again!!

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