Are you struggling to sleep better during the night? Do you have a hard time falling asleep because of stress or anxiety? The Bible has many passages that can help you, and we’ve collected here some of the most popular sleeping Bible verses from the Bible.
It’s easy to fall asleep when you’re tired. But what about all those times when you’re not tired, but it’s time for sleep? The Bible is full of good advice about sleep and we thought we would share some of our favorite verses with you.
One of the most basic needs of humans, sleep is a vital aspect of life. While many activities go on overnight, such as work and study, there is always a time when we can close our eyes and let our body rejuvenate. The Bible offers a wide range of general quotes on sleeping but also mentions specific hours of sleep in a few instances, including cases where Jesus asked someone to stay awake or when He himself slept.
Bible Verses About Sleeping
Proverbs 3:24 ESV / 1,221 helpful votes
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Psalm 4:8 ESV / 1,107 helpful votes
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 127:2 ESV / 879 helpful votes
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 535 helpful votes
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
Psalm 3:5 ESV / 457 helpful votes
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
Proverbs 6:9 ESV / 301 helpful votes
How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
Proverbs 6:10 ESV / 267 helpful votes
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
Psalm 121:3-4 ESV / 236 helpful votes
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Matthew 8:24 ESV / 225 helpful votes
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 202 helpful votes
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
Psalm 132:4-5 ESV / 189 helpful votes
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 179 helpful votes
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV / 168 helpful votes
Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.
Matthew 9:24 ESV / 142 helpful votes
He said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.
Matthew 11:28 ESV / 131 helpful votes
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
John 14:27 ESV / 129 helpful votes
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 124 helpful votes
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 121 helpful votes
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 119 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Job 14:12 ESV / 112 helpful votes
So a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV / 109 helpful votes
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. …
Mark 5:39 ESV / 109 helpful votes
And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
John 11:12 ESV / 105 helpful votes
The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
Matthew 6:34 ESV / 96 helpful votes
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
John 11:11 ESV / 88 helpful votes
After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”
1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 87 helpful votes
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV / 86 helpful votes
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Psalm 132:4 ESV / 84 helpful votes
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
Isaiah 35:3-6 ESV / 80 helpful votes
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 78 helpful votes
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Jeremiah 31:26 ESV / 78 helpful votes
At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.
Philippians 4:6 ESV / 77 helpful votes
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Proverbs 19:15 ESV / 76 helpful votes
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
Genesis 2:21 ESV / 76 helpful votes
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
Job 33:15 ESV / 75 helpful votes
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,
1 Kings 19:5 ESV / 74 helpful votes
And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.”
Matthew 26:45 ESV / 70 helpful votes
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Daniel 2:1 ESV / 66 helpful votes
In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 65 helpful votes
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Ephesians 5:14 ESV / 64 helpful votes
For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Mark 4:38 ESV / 64 helpful votes
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Psalm 56:3 ESV / 64 helpful votes
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Proverbs 6:10-11 ESV / 61 helpful votes
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 60 helpful votes
Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. …
Psalm 46:10 ESV / 60 helpful votes
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 127:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalm 13:3 ESV / 58 helpful votes
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
Revelation 1:1 ESV / 57 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Proverbs 1:33 ESV / 57 helpful votes
But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
Psalm 3:4-5 ESV / 57 helpful votes
I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
Romans 8:26 ESV / 53 helpful votes
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Psalm 16:9 ESV / 53 helpful votes
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
Matthew 11:29 ESV / 52 helpful votes
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 52 helpful votes
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
Psalm 127:1-2 ESV / 52 helpful votes
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 55:22 ESV / 52 helpful votes
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Luke 1:37 ESV / 49 helpful votes
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Genesis 15:12 ESV / 49 helpful votes
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
Esther 6:1 ESV / 47 helpful votes
On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
Romans 8:6 ESV / 45 helpful votes
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Job 11:19 ESV / 41 helpful votes
You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.
Romans 13:11 ESV / 40 helpful votes
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
Matthew 25:5 ESV / 40 helpful votes
As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.
Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV / 39 helpful votes
How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
John 14:1-3 ESV / 38 helpful votes
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Psalm 34:18 ESV / 38 helpful votes
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 29:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Genesis 2:3 ESV / 38 helpful votes
So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Matthew 6:27 ESV / 37 helpful votes
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Daniel 6:18 ESV / 37 helpful votes
Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
Colossians 3:15 ESV / 36 helpful votes
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Acts 12:6 ESV / 36 helpful votes
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.
Matthew 27:52 ESV / 36 helpful votes
The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
Matthew 10:28 ESV / 36 helpful votes
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jeremiah 31:25-26 ESV / 36 helpful votes
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.
Luke 8:23 ESV / 35 helpful votes
And as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger.
Psalm 91:1 ESV / 34 helpful votes
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 3:3-6 ESV / 33 helpful votes
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Genesis 2:20-22 ESV / 33 helpful votes
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 ESV / 32 helpful votes
For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Proverbs 3:21-24 ESV / 32 helpful votes
My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Psalm 3:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.