15 "Sleep Affirmations" That'll Help You Finally Chill Out & Go To Sleep

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Your bedroom is screen-free, dark, and cool. You've followed your nighttime routine to a T. Your white noise machine is chugging away and your sleep-friendly crystals are fully charged. And yet, as hard as you may try, you simply cannot fall asleep. A good night's sleep looks slightly different for every person — but we've all had those nights where stress, a sudden sound, or just our dumb bodies throw off our best laid plans for a peaceful slumber.
In theory, we just need to find something that will quiet our minds, but such a thing isn't easily found when our thoughts are loud enough to keep us up into the wee hours. That's why a copy of Jennifer Williamson's book, Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep, deserves a place on your nightstand.
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Williamson's sleep affirmations are straightforward and can fit into anyone's pre-sleep routine. They aren't flowery, long, or heavy-handed — they're simply brief, soothing statements meant to be read before bedtime.
Williamson says you can read (or, once you have it committed to memory, recite) the same affirmation every night or choose one at random by opening to a new page every night. There isn't a right or wrong way to use her book, she says. The effect should remain the same. "By focusing on the calming messages and the imagery they elicit, you successfully interrupt negative or stressful thought patterns from the day," Williamson explains.
Ahead, we've selected some of our favorite affirmations from Williams' book, in stores today. Each one is unique, but they're all intended to make you feel relaxed and comfortable, without being too touchy-feely. We've broken them down into three categories based on specific sleeping woes: stress, worries, and restlessness.
Read on to discover what you should repeat to yourself in order to catch some ZZZs — and no, it's not a list of your enemies.
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If you're too stressed out to sleep...

You need an affirmation that reminds you that you don't need to solve all of your problems before you're allowed to sleep. Nothing is so consequential that you can't wait until tomorrow to address. And in fact, getting some rest might actually help you better tackle the issues that are keeping you up.
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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.
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I forgive myself.

All is well in the house of my soul. All is well forevermore. Mistakes will one day be erased; until then, I’m graced by teachers of all kinds. I am here to evolve my consciousness. Every single experience is part of this divine process.
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Nothing is left undone.

Even as I sleep, life is being handled for me. I may not know how to get everything done, but I am willing to believe that, ultimately, nothing is left undone. A higher order of things ensures that everything is attended to.
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I can choose a thought that feels better.

No matter how fixed a thought pattern is, I can choose again. Until another feel-good thought sticks, I am willing to show up and practice it. I am thankful for my simple willingness: sleep is easier because of it.
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I can be easy on myself.

It is possible for me to give myself the courtesy of compassion. It is a practice, and I am willing to participate. Personal struggles are worthy of patience too. I am moving in a better direction now.
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If something just feels off...

Maybe you're sleeping in an unfamiliar place. Maybe a passing car startled you awake at 3 a.m. Whatever the cause may be, you just aren't comfortable right now — but you sure would like to be. These affirmations will remind you that you're warm, safe, and in a great place to fall asleep.
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Every heavy thing falls away.

I am lifted higher than every darkened thought. As my body sinks into bed, I feel gravity pulling away all the heaviness from my day. Weights melt away and my mind settles into this silent place.
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I am safe right now.

“All is well” has been written on my heart. I am safe in this space, enveloped in grace. I know I am protected here, my wishes kept with care. There is nothing right now that I need fear.
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I confide in sleep.

Anything that doesn’t feel good inside is allowed to breathe. There is nothing unworthy of the healing that sleep brings. A compassionate heart knows what I’ve been through. I am totally accepted. All worries are put to rest. Now, I can rest, too.
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It feels good to be still.

As I settle down in bed my whole body sighs. My breath rolls in and out like the tide. It’s a relief just to be here, alive. This still moment is a gift — a waveless ocean, a breezeless sky.
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Where I am is okay.

I let go of all the fear that I should be somewhere other than here. There’s no wrong decision, no path that I’m on that I’m not meant to be on. I swim in pure acceptance, receptive to every message. This is the right way.
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If you literally just. can't. fall. asleep...

You need an affirmation that's simple, to-the-point, and totally sleep inducing. These are as straightforward as Williamson's affirmations get. They're the reminder you need that, yes, you can fall asleep tonight, and no, you shouldn't stress out about falling asleep right this instant.
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I Am.

Thankfully, my thoughts are not me. I transcend all mental activity, for I am pure consciousness. I allow thoughts to enter and leave me with ease; I let them be carried away like falling leaves in a gentle breeze. I lie back and allow, because I Am.
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I am wholly capable of falling asleep.

As I honor the innate wisdom of my body, sleep happens naturally. I appreciate the gifts my body is capable of giving. I accept the natural intelligence I was born with, and I let it guide the way.
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I entrust my body to sleep.

I bring my body into this bed and hand over all responsibilities. In sleep, all is working effortlessly. All pains and needs are met with great care. I trust that as I settle back down, my body regains entry to this state of loving repair.
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I make peace with time.

I am healing my relationship with time. I don’t look to the clock or calendar for the meaning of my life. I let go of angst and allow space for my heart’s restoration. Savoring this moment brings new meaning to my entire life.
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I am opening every door to sleep.

I am deeply connected to my dreams when I am open to the reprieve that sleep brings. I swing the door of my heart wide open and welcome the downtime I need. I make an offering. I make a connection with sleep.
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