Angels never get tired, since they don't have physical bodies with limited energy like people do. So angels don't need to sleep. That means that guardian angels are free to keep working even when the people they're caring for are sleeping.
Every time you go to sleep, you can rest with confidence that the guardian angels God has assigned to watch over you are alert and ready to help you during your slumber.
Helping You Get the Sleep You Need
If you're dealing with insomnia, guardian angels can help you give your body the sleep it needs, some believers say. Doreen Virtue writes in her book Healing with the Angels that, "the angels will help us sleep well if we ask for, and follow, their guidance. By doing so, we awaken refreshed and energized. There's no reason for us to feel tired, as the angels say that we have an unlimited source of energy in and around us. That source is omnipresent God, who is within you right now."
Helping You Release Negative Emotions
Your guardian angels may help you relax by assisting you with the process of letting go of negative emotions that can damage your health if you hold onto them. In her book Angel Inspiration: Together, Humans and Angels Have the Power to Change the World, Diana Cooper writes: "Angels are particularly helping when you are asleep at night. We all hold anger, fear, guilt, jealousy, hurt and other damaging emotions. You can always ask your guardian angel to help you release emotional blockages during sleep, before they inevitably build up into physical problems."
Protecting You From Evil
Guardian angels are best known for their work guarding people from danger, and guardian angels do focus on protecting you from evil while you're asleep, say some believers. Evil spirits "do come out more at night when we're asleep and at our most vulnerable," writes Sylvia Browne in her book Sylvia Browne's Book of Angels. You know the old adage of angels being at the four corners of the bed? Well, it's not too far-fetched. Angels do come and stand around our beds, watching over us as we sleep."
The spiritual protection that guardian angels give you is the best protection you could ever hope to receive, writes Max Lucado in his book Come Thirsty: No Heart Too Dry for His Touch: "God sends his best troops to oversee your life. Imagine the president assigning his Secret Service to protect you, telling his agents to motorcade your car through traffic and safeguard you through crowds. How would you sleep if you knew D.C.'s finest guarded your door? How will you sleep knowing heaven's finest are doing just that? You are not alone. Receive God's lordship over your life. Heaven's many, mighty angels watch over you."
Escorting Your Soul Out of Your Body
Angels may also help us leave our bodies during sleep and escort us to various places in the spiritual realm to learn something new through a practice called soul traveling. Virtue writes in Healing with the Angels: "Very often, our angels escort us to other-worldly places where we attend school and learn deep spiritual lessons. Other times, we may actually be involved in teaching others during these experiences of soul-traveling."
The sleep state is the ideal time for such spiritual lessons to occur, writes Yvonne Seymour in her book The Secret World of Guardian Angels: "... we live about one-third or more of our lives in the sleep state. When you lie down and begin to rest in anticipation to sleep, you are immediately more receptive to learn, accept guidance and wisdom from your guardian angel. ... What you learn in the ethereal dream world has an effect on your development on the physical plane. Your guardian angel works on the ethereal plane, and writes your daily life scenes, and records of action for the physical plane. He also writes your ethereal dream scenes, and records your actions and reactions. Tests are written and given to help you work through problems, and advance your spiritual development."
But the key to taking part in soul traveling is having the right attitudes in your mind, writes Rudolf Steiner in his book Guardian Angels: Connecting With Our Spiritual Guides and Helpers: "When children go to sleep, their angel goes with them, but when a person has reached a certain maturity, it actually depends on his attitude, on whether or not he has an inner relation to his angel. And if this relationship is not there, and he only has faith in material things, and his thoughts are entirely about the material world, his angel will not go with him."
Answering Your Prayers
While you sleep, guardian angels are also at work helping to answer your prayers, believers say. So it's a good idea to go to sleep in the process of praying, writes Kimberly Marooney in her book Your Guardian Angel in a Box Kit: Heavenly Protection, Love and Guidance: "While the body sleeps, your soul is awake and open to receive guidance in a way that is not possible while your conscious mind is operating. Use this precious time by simply going to sleep in prayer. Each night before sleep, create a short and specific prayer asking for what you need. Ask for help with life circumstances, information about something, or a request for a deeper union with God. As you go to sleep, focus your attention on your prayer in an open and receptive state. Repeat it over and over until you are asleep."