32 Positive Affirmations for Sleep & Create New Neural Pathways

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These affirmations to read before bed may just shift your way of thinking and help you stay focused on a better mindset for your life. If you already practice these, you know they just feel good, but if you don’t, know that many research studies back up the use of using positive affirmations to enhance your life. With results so good, it’s high time you make room for affirmations in your life.

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If you aren’t already doing daily affirmations, I know what you’re thinking: “meh”. Ok, I don’t actually know what you’re thinking, but that is what I thought when I first heard about affirmations. I was skeptical. In my cynicism, I thought that affirmations were what other people needed to do who were insecure.

I thought affirmations were some kind of hopeful woo-woo to make people believe things were going to work out ok.

Ha! Isn’t it funny that sometimes we don’t realize things about ourselves right away?

A lot of us may have thought at one point that only weak people need the woo of affirmations. And me of the past (and perhaps you now) would be wrong. So wrong.

That kind of thinking, prideful thinking, can really be harmful to your growth.

So, what changed for me? There was a time in my life that I ran out of answers and I ran into confusion. I needed that pain to go away and it required a lot of what I now call “inner growth” to realize that not only did I not have all of the answers, but I was pushing away means to find the answers. I was pushing away means for restoration.

Now, you may still be on the fence about intentionally doing affirmations in your daily life, and that’s ok. But I found huge relief once I started learning about them, really letting them sink into my bones and began to actually believe them. I began to trust myself more and let the mystery unfold rather than try and control outcomes.

The truth is, if you sing along with songs, you are practicing affirmations. It may not be intentional, but you are speaking truth that your brain incorporates. It may not be positive truth, but you are still absorbing it in meaningful ways.

If you use curse words, you are saying affirmations to yourself or at someone. Please don’t use these ugly affirmations.

If you complain to others on a daily basis, you are merely reaffirming negative truths to yourself. Does it truly make you feel better to complain? It might feel good to feel understood to the person you are complaining to, but it probably doesn’t actually feel good to complain.

Rather than do these commonly done negative affirmations unconsciously, why not give positive affirmations before bed a try? Speak Life and Love.

Let’s jump into what the research says about the positive benefits of affirmation!

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Research Behind Affirmations for Sleep

It turns out, there is solid research behind the practice of affirmations.

Here is a synthesis of some of the studies:

  • According to a study published in 2016 in the Social Cognitive Affect Neuroscience Journal, “self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and is reinforced by future-orientation (1).” In layman’s terms, neural processes are activated with successful self-affirmation.
  • In a study examining factors that helped people who self-reported recovering from anxiety and depression, in addition to seeking outside help for recovery said that affirmations played a crucial role in recovery. (2)
  • Another study found that personal affirmations helped participants maintain personal integrity which helped health, education and relationship outcomes. Affirmations can result in positive outcomes for months and years ahead. (3)
  • It has been found that affirmation of personal values buffers neuroendocrine and the psychological stress responses. Affirmations and reflections on these personal values helps to keep cortisol levels low even during stressful times according to another research study. (4)
  • Apparently, positive affirmations can even help prime individuals brains to accept other positive health interventions that they would otherwise be defensive about. In particular, sedentary individuals were more likely to take part in more healthy behaviors after doing positive affirmations. (5)

I was blown away by the research on a practice of positive affirmations. I hope by now if you were skeptical, you now see the huge value of these in your life. You have nothing to lose and everything gain.

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Positive Sleep Affirmations, Positive Results

If you still have questions about whether or not to do affirmations before bed, let’s get those addressed once and for all.

Do affirmations before sleep work? Yes, affirmations can have lasting impact on your life and can be especially helpful at night when you are more susceptible to changes in belief. These positive thoughts before sleep will be integrated into your psycho throughout the night adding an extra boost to your subconscious.

How do you use affirmations while sleeping? Well, technically, using bedtime affirmations for abundance will let your brain mull over the positive and integrate it into your brains (mind and gut) overnight. Just have a good night’s sleep and rest gently.

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Setting the Stage: Positive Affirmations to Read Before Bed

You may also be wondering how to set up yourself for success with bedtime affirmations for the soul?

Here are some tips for setting the same for night affirmations for success.

  • Take your time getting ready for bed, as in don’t feel the need to rush. At the same time, don’t be too sleepy.
  • If it feels better, get your sleeping area organized and uncluttered.
  • Write out your to-do list for the next day and possibly journal. Release your mental chatter.
  • Pick an affirmation and have it written or typed out. Have it framed, or in a place that you have access to as you get ready for bed.
  • Don’t be too social after doing your nighttime affirmation. Let it be among the last things you do before falling asleep.
  • Try to do it everyday, but don’t stress if your forget. Simply do it in the morning.

What do do a good bedtime routine, sleep affirmations, law of attraction and positive outcomes have in common? Some gentle self-discipline to begin positive habits.

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Sample Affirmations for a Good Nights Rest

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Affirmations Work While You Sleep

Do you find yourself forgetting to do read your positive affirmations before bed?

The Five-Minute Journal

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How the Five-Minute Journal Works

This little handy journal is perfect for those who are too busy or who aren’t a huge fan of longer journal. Actually, I love it in additional to long-form journaling because it helps keep you on track with your priorities on a daily basis in a short period of time.

There is even a special space for your daily affirmation. You can pre-write it out or write it out each night before bed.

Once you begin tracking your priorities, watch out world. You will live your life differently. Overtime, you will see your life differently, too.

Conclusion

Do you have favorite affirmations to read before bed? What is the most helpful way for you to remember your nighttime affirmation. Share in the comments section to help others!

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Sources

(1) Cascio, Christopher, et. al. Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation. Social Cognitive Affect Neuroscience. 2016 Apr;11(4):621-9.

(2) Kinnier, Richard, et. al. Attributions and affirmations for overcoming anxiety and depression. Psychology Psychotherapy. 2009 Jun;82(Pt 2):153-69.

(3) Cohen, Geoffrey, et. al. The psychology of change: self-affirmation and social psychological intervention. Annual Review Psychology. 2014;65:333-71.

(4) Creswell, David J. Affirmation of personal values buffers neuroendocrine and psychological stress responses. Psychological Science. 2005 Nov;16(11):846-51.

(5) Falk, Emily, et. al. Self-affirmation alters the brain’s response to health messages and subsequent behavior change. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 17;112(7):1977-82.

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