THE BATTLE AGAINST INSOMNIA

It is a known fact that some people stay awake most times at night - not being able to sleep. This they referred to or is known as "Insomnia".
Those who suffer from this may experience sleeping difficulty or daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration or slowness in activity and also depression, headache, or irritability. Experts said this could be cured through the improvement of sleeping habits, behaviour therapy and medications which might at time have side effects, if not monitored.

I'll be addressing just those who suffers from insomnia out of depression. Depression might come in different forms; lack of resources or wants, or even while ruminating about past actions or events.
Now talking about ruminating about past action or events, I'll like to broaden it the spiritual way, with an Islamic touch.

There's nothing which shackles one to sleep at night or keeps one awake and depressed rather than the effect of sins.
When one ruminates about the past, the evil thought that has crossed one's mind and the evil deeds that one has put forth, this tends to bring sleepless night and it lingers on the mind.

However, this is part of the mercy Allah bestowed on us all. One of the greatest mercy of Allah is :
"The conscience".

This is the part of the mind that makes us aware of our actions as being either morally right or wrong.  Now, when a Muslim engages in something bad, his conscience begins to prick, taunt and hunt him. At that moment in time, one tends to fight and argue with the conscience by assuring one's self that what I have done is right but one can never win over the conscience - as it is always right. It is a Divine decree.

The night becomes long and the mind becomes restless as one begins to think about the past and lament within for all the bad deeds.

Then Islam - as a religion of tranquility, mercy and peace, has given the Muslims a perfect way to get out of this state. Two things (if not more) are involved to get one's self out of this state of unrest into a state where the mind would earn peace and serenade :
- Sincere repentance
- Night prayer.

Sincere repentance : When a Muslim has shortfalls and the sins of his deed keeps hunting him and snatching his peace of mind, then he his left with no option than to cry out to his Lord in sincere repentance, hoping to be forgiven of that which he has done. A repentance is termed to be sincere when one leaves totally- the deeds one has repented from.

Muslims are enjoined to seek for repentance upon their misdeeds and seek for forgiveness upon the hidden misdeeds and they should not in anyway think they'll never be forgiven and have their sins wiped off.

Allah says (translation of the meaning):
"Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (Qur'an Chapter 39, Verse 53)

- Night Prayer : This is a form of communication between a Muslim servant and his Lord (Allah). Muslims are enjoined to pour out their inner most thoughts by observing prayers at the dead of the night while everyone is asleep, for the environs is at that time ; cool and silent and it eases concentration.

The Prophet of Islam (Muhammad; peace be upon him) had a verse revealed to him, telling him to wake up and pray at the dead of the night. Allah says (Interpretation of the meaning):

- O you who wraps himself [in clothing],
- Arise [to pray] the night, except for a little -
- Half of it -  or subtract from it a little
- Or add to it, and recite the Qur'an with measured recitation.
_(Qur'an Chapter 73, verse 1-5)_

This shows the importance of night prayer. Then Allah asked a rhetorical question concerning the one who stands to pray at night and one who doesn't.
Allah says (Interpretation of the meaning):

"Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, "Are those who know equal to those who do not know?" Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding."

This verse as well goes a long way in telling us why night prayer is enjoined and how importance it is to the lives of Muslim as it brings peace and tranquility.

Conclusively, I have gone a long way in explaining Insomnia the spiritual way - with an Islamic touch, and explained with the little knowledge I posses on how one could get cured and relieved from that state of unrest to a much more better state. I sincerely pray and hope this will serve as a reminder even though it goes a long way beyond that.

Our happiness lies in knowing the wrongs we have done and how we could make up for them and earn much rewards.

Written by : SHEHU ABDUS-SALAM ALADODO
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Shehu Abdus-Salam Aladodo is a freelance writer, poet and essayist who finds tranquility in penning his thought. He is the author of "Sacred Jewels". More of his works can be accessed on his Instagram page @poetrywithdodo.

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