Am I Nocturnal?

Sana Ahmad

أَلَمْ يَرَوْا أَنَّا جَعَلْنَا اللَّيْلَ لِيَسْكُنُوا فِيهِ وَالنَّهَارَ مُبْصِرًا إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ
“Do they not see that We made the night that they may rest therein and the day giving sight? Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.”
[Al-QuranSurah An-Naml (The Ant):86]

I try to keep my schedule according to this, but I don’t think I am very successful at it. This ayah is especially difficult to implement when there is a wedding or a function. All such events take place starting late at night and we end up coming home very late.

I don’t like to sleep late, because then I feel the following day is completely wasted. Most days other than the class days, my mother and I go out shopping for groceries or run around to complete other errands.

There are times when I do go to bed at night at the right time, but am unable to sleep. I toss and turn all night long. I believe it has to do with what I ate for dinner that evening. For example, if I eat something sweet or drink too many soft drinks, I become active and have trouble sleeping. One should be careful of what they eat for dinner to have a sound sleep.

Another thing that affects the night’s sleep is an afternoon nap. Even if I end up taking a very short afternoon nap, I still can’t sleep at night.

I think I can do a lot to change my schedule. Here is a list I can implement:

  • Not sleep in the afternoon
  • Watch what I eat at night
  • Do not waste my time under the covers in the morning and jump right out of bed. I could use the time for something more constructive.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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