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Patron Saint of Sleep – 3 Saints for When you Can’t Fall Asleep

For many Catholics struggling with sleeplessness, finding solace and peace during the night can be a significant challenge. Fortunately, the Catholic Church offers spiritual support through the intercession of saints who understand our human struggles. One such figure is the …

For many Catholics struggling with sleeplessness, finding solace and peace during the night can be a significant challenge. Fortunately, the Catholic Church offers spiritual support through the intercession of saints who understand our human struggles. One such figure is the patron saint of sleep, Saint Dymphna, who provides comfort and aid to those battling insomnia and restless nights.

One of the worst feelings in the world is when you’re laying wide awake in bed and you just can’t fall asleep. Difficulty falling asleep and severe insomnia can be spiritual matters. Not only does it make the next day harder, but it can also open you up to spiritual attacks. There are many saints you can turn to when you’re having trouble sleeping.

Below are saints and prayers you can turn to if you’re tired and having a hard time falling asleep

St. Dymphna Patron Saint of Sleep and Insomnia

St. Dymphna

Saint Dymphna, born in 7th-century Ireland, was the daughter of a pagan chieftain and a devout Christian mother. After her mother’s death, Dymphna’s father, driven by grief and madness, developed an unnatural affection for her. To escape his advances, Dymphna fled to Belgium with her confessor, Father Gerebernus. They settled in Gheel, where they lived a life of prayer and charity. However, her father tracked her down and, upon her refusal to return with him, killed her in a fit of rage.

Dymphna’s story of courage and faith in the face of severe mental anguish has made her the patron saint of those with mental illnesses, emotional disorders, neurological conditions, and sleep disorders like insomnia. She is often invoked by those suffering from sleep disturbances and insomnia, as these conditions often accompany mental and emotional struggles. Devotees seek her intercession for peace of mind and restful sleep, trusting in her compassion and understanding of their plight.

Saint Dymphna Novena Prayer Against Insomnia

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Good Saint Dymphna,
Great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need.

[Mention Intention]

Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and sleep disorder, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.
Amen

Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.

Optionally pray: one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer

St. Joseph

Saint Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus and the husband of the Virgin Mary, is an excellent saint to turn to if you’re having trouble falling asleep.

Known for his role as a protector and provider for the Holy Family, St. Joseph exemplifies trust in God’s plan and the ability to find peace amidst life’s challenges. His quiet strength and serene faith can be a source of comfort for those struggling with sleeplessness. Many Catholics find solace in praying to St. Joseph for his intercession, seeking his guidance to find rest and tranquility, just as he faithfully cared for Jesus and Mary in times of uncertainty and need.

St. Joseph Prayer before going to bed

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I offer to you my heart and soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

Saint Peter Damian the Insomniac

Saint Peter Damian

Saint Peter Damian, a 11th-century Benedictine monk and cardinal, was known for his rigorous ascetic practices, which often led to sleepless nights.

His intense devotion to prayer, penance, and scholarly work frequently kept him awake, as he chose to sacrifice sleep in his pursuit of spiritual growth and service to the Church. Because of this he developed severe insomnia. But despite his struggles with insomnia, Peter Damian‘s unwavering faith and dedication to God’s will provided him with inner peace and strength. For those experiencing sleeplessness, turning to Saint Peter Damian can be comforting, as he understands the challenges of insomnia. His example of finding spiritual solace despite physical restlessness offers hope and encouragement to those seeking restful sleep through faith and prayer.

St. Peter Damian prayer

Saint Peter Damian, who sacrificed sleep for the love of God, understand the struggles of sleeplessness. Just as you faced long nights filled with prayer and penance, seeking solace in God’s presence, I ask for your intercession as I seek rest and peace in the quiet of the night.

Help me to surrender my worries and anxieties to the Lord, and to find comfort in His embrace. Grant me the grace to trust in God’s plan, as you did, and to experience the restful sleep my body and soul need. Through your prayers, may I awaken refreshed and renewed, ready to serve God with a peaceful heart, following your example of unwavering faith and dedication.

Saint Peter Damian pray for us