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100 Good Night Quotes to Peacefully Reconnect With Your Inner Self

Sleep is so important and if you are having trouble falling asleep, check out these amazing good night quotes to peacefully reconnect with your inner self.

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The biggest sacrifice that students have to make when they attend college is the stability of their sleep schedule. Hours of sleep are disregarded in favor of doing schoolwork or studying for tomorrow’s exam. Taking early morning classes on four hours of sleep does not work as well as it did in high school.

Many students go into college with bad sleeping habits that only worsen over time. The only way to improve your sleep is to actively choose to do so. Relaxing activities such as mindful meditation and playing white noise can help to put you in a calmer state of mind and promote a night of deeper, healthier sleep.

Additionally, reading can also prepare your mind for a good rest. Here are one hundred good night quotes that will foster relaxation, inner calm, and peaceful sleep.

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Good Night Quotes To Help You Appreciate the Beauty of the Night

1.  “Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking, loving, and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning.” – Elie Wiesel, Dawn

2. “The night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” – Vincent van Gogh

3. “The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” – Rumi

4.  “The cool peace and dewy sweetness of the night filled me with a mood of hope: not hope on any definite point, but a general sense of encouragement and heart-ease.” – Charlotte Brontё, Villette

5.  “I love the silent hour of night, for blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight – what may not bless my waking eyes.” – Anne Brontë, The Brontë Sisters: Selected Poems

6. “Mother Night, fold your dark arms about me. Protect me in your black embrace.” – Tim Curry, Legend

7. “Thank the water for cleansing you. Stare into the candle’s flame. Think about how nature affects you – how the moon controls the tides, how the weather affects your mood, how the day goes from bright to dark to allow you to sleep.” – Lisa Marie Basile, Light Magic for Dark Times

8. “We live for the night’s decor. It reveals what we dream of.” – Twenty One Pilots, Glowing Eyes

9.  “I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses.” – Jeanette Winterson, Why I adore the night

10. “The winds that awakened the stars are blowing through my blood.” William Butler Yeats, Maid Quiet

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11. “Night, the mother of fear and mystery, was coming upon me.” H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

12. “Night is a world lit by itself.” – Antonio Porchia

13. “As the stars in the night sky glittering round the moon’s brilliance blaze in all their glory when the air falls to a sudden, windless calm…all the lookout peaks stand out and the jutting cliffs and the steep ravines and down from the high heavens bursts the boundless, bright air and all the stars shine clear and the shepherd’s hearts exults.” – Homer, The Iliad

14. “Unlearn empire’s blackness: night spun savage, space cast empty when really a balm slicks the split between stars. Really hip thick spirits moonwalk across the lake ice.” – Kemi Alabi, The Lonely Sleep Through Winter

15. “This is the ending. Now not day only shall be beloved, but night too shall be beautiful and blessed and all its fear pass away.” – J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

16. “Lifting my eyes from the book, from the tightly sequenced lines to the full and perfect night: oh how, like the stars, my buried feelings break free.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, “lifting my eyes” from A Year with Rilke

17. “I am he that walks with the tender and growing night, I call to the earth and sea half-held by the night.” – Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself, 21” from Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition

18. “So tenderly the night wraps you in its arms and leaves stars in your hourglass when you dream with an open heart as you gaze upon its countenance.” – e.v.e.

19. “To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night…” – Donna Tartt, The Secret History

20. “When we look out into space, we are looking into our own origins because we are truly children of the stars.” – Brian Cox

21. “The stars, like dust, encircle me in living mists of light; and all of the space I seem to see in one vast burst of sight.” – Isaac Asimov, The Stars, Like Dust

22. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” – Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

23. “I’ve always liked moonless nights best. It’s easier to say things in the dark. It’s easier to be yourself.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

24. “Some nights, the sky is everything it wants, and not just a wall for our fathers to nail prayers against. Let the starlight harden to keys in your hands. Let the stars light your lovely.” – C.T. Salazar, “Poem Ending with Abraham’s Suffering + An Ode” from This Might Have Meant Fire: Poems

25.  “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams

Good Night Quotes For a Deeper Sleep

26. “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” – Homer, The Odyssey

27. “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – E. Joseph Cossman, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

28. “Early to bed, early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

29.  “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

30. “Discover the great ideas that lie inside you by discovering the power of sleep.” – Arianna Huffington

31.  “Sleep is an under-ocean dipped into each night.” – Jim Morrison, The Lords and the New Creatures

32. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” – Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

33. “If sleep were a language, it would not sound like nothing, but would instead materialize both longing and distance, history and myth.” – Jennifer S. Chang, “Dear Mao” from House A

34. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

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35. “O bed! O bed! Delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head.” – Thomas Hood, The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood

36. “I wish for you a good night, a good sleep, and when you awake with energy and passion you will abound.” – Kate Summers

37. “When one is so tired at the end of a day, one must sleep, and at the next dawn, there are more strawberry runners to set, and so one goes on living, near the earth.” – Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

38. “Put my head under my pillow, and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

39. “This is a strange repose, to be asleep with eyes wide open; standing, speaking, moving, and yet so fast asleep.” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Good Night Quotes For Sweeter Dreams

40. “The night is longer than a day for those who dream, and the day is longer than night for those who make their dreams come true.” – Jack Kerouac

41. “Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” – Stuart Scott

42. “No one knows that you dream of me in my own dreams.” – Meg Day, “Aubade for an Accomplice” from Last Psalm at Sea Level

43. “Good night. May you fall asleep in the arms of a dream, so beautiful, you’ll cry when you awake.” – Michael Faudet

44. “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allen Poe, Eleonora

45. “And there are the nights when a long caress breaks through the film of sleep yielding something unspeakably true.” – Ann Lauterbach, Many Times, But Then

46.  “All beauty is a dream, even if it exists, for beauty is always more than it is. The beauty I see in you isn’t here, next to me. What I see in you lives where I dream, far away from here. If you exist, I only know it because I just dreamed it.” Fernando Pessoa, “All beauty is a dream, even if it exists” from A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems

47. “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams, you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep.” – Ilene Woods, Cinderella

48. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

49. “It would’ve been better to have slept and dreamed than to watch the night pass and the slow moon sink.” – Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

50. “Night has brought to those who sleep, only dreams they can not keep.” – Enya, “Paint the Sky With Stars”

51. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest

52. “For a dreamer, night’s the only time of day.” – Forgive Durden, For A Dreamer, Night’s The Only Time Of Day

53. “I desired always to stretch the night and fill it fuller and fuller with dreams.” – Virginia Woolf, The Waves

54. “I am the dream you are dreaming. When you want to awaken, I am that wanting.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, “Ich bin, du Ängstlicher. Hörst du mich nicht” from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

55. “I’m chasing my dreams straight to the top into a sky that has no limits.” – Robert M. Hensel

56. “I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” – Emily Brontё, Wuthering Heights

57. “To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.” – Sir Walter Scott

Good Night Quotes For That Certain Someone

58. “Every night, under the same sky and stars, probably since the emergence of humankind, people around the world have been wishing one another a good night.” – Efrat Shoham, 15 Ways to Say Good Night

59. Someday, you will be in love again. The sun, a wound on your windowsill. Light falls on your dreams. It sounds like someone knocking.” – Sanna Wani, “Memory is Sleeping” from The Puritan

60. “If I had words to make a day for you, I’d sing you a morning golden and true, I would make this day last for all time, then fill the night deep in moonshine.” – James Cromwell, Babe

61. “Darlings, look at the moon feeling blue as the nightfall makes her giggle by asking her for a dance and the whole earth is in lullaby by the sweetness of her laugh.” – Juansen Dizon, Moon Childs

62. “I’m waiting for you, I’m waiting for the evening calm, I’m waiting for our time, the oblique light, this pause between day and night. Peace will come surely. But I can imagine no other peace than that of our two bodies bound together, of our gaze given over to each other – I have no other homeland but you.” – Albert Camus, Correspondence

63. “The nights wouldn’t be as lonely and we’d be dancing under the blushing moonlight with you as my greatest lovely.” – Juansen Dizon, “Pisces & Aries”

64. “Slowly walking on the beach sand at night. Hearing the waves clash on the sand. The lights from the city glowing in the distance. While you’re walking next to me, my arm inclined in yours.” – k.b., beach nights with you

65. “Sleep heavily and know that I am here with you now. The past is gone, and cannot harm you anymore. And while the future is fast coming for you, it always flinches first and settles in as the gentle present. This now, this us? We can cope with that. We can do this together. You and I, drowsily, but comfortably.” Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, Welcome to Night Vale

66. “I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.”- Roy Orbison, In Dreams

67.  “I love him so much that I sleep embracing him with each of my dreams, with the sweetness of his name in each breath, with the stars of his eyes filling my sky.” – e.v.e.

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68.  “When I asked her once what she would have wanted to be, she made this answer to me: a nightingale. Now she is a nightingale. Every night, night after night, I hear her in the garden of my sleepless dream.” – Rose Auslander, “My Nightingale” from Blind Summer

69.  “Watching the night sky with you. That’s all I dream about.” – k.b., nothing more and nothing less

70.  “I dreamt of you, and when I awoke I was sure your spirit had just fluttered from the room. I have yanked you from your sleep before – into the dream I was dreaming. Twisted you like a spiral of hair around a finger. Love, you arrived with your heart full of birds.” – Sandra Cisneros, “Eyes of Zapata” from Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of Latina Fiction and Poetry

71.  “If there’s a moon tonight, my love, I would gladly see her reflected in your eyes; for the way you see things in awe and wonder makes me want to live with you in breath then in paradise.” – Juansen Dizon, Luna & you

72. “The day is over, it’s time for rest. Sleep well my dear you gave it your best. Tomorrow comes, oh so soon, close your eyes and awake before noon.” – Catherine Pulsifer

73.  “On the other edge of the night, love is possible.” – Alejandra Pizarnik, Oblivion

74.  “The night is cold and delicate and full of angels.” – John Ashbury, “Rivers and Mountains” from The Ecclesiast

75.  “Here, it was only her spirit and the stars, in a silent magnificent conversation.” – Tessa Gratton, The Queens of Innis Lear

76.  “Some flowers bloom at night.” – Nicole Kidman, Wind Rider

77.  “O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.” – Christopher Marlowe, The Tragic History of Dr. Faustus

Good Night Quotes That Reflect on a Better Tomorrow

78.  “As the night gets dark, let your worries fade. Sleep peacefully knowing you’ve done all you can do for today.” – Roald Dahl

79. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson 79) “Night is the wonderful opportunity to take rest, to forgive, to smile, to get ready for all the battles that you have to fight tomorrow.” – Allen Ginsberg

80. “Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what’s done is done. Embrace your dreams, through the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.” – George Orwell

81. “Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and the sun will shine brighter than ever.” – Ernest Hemingway

82. “Watch another falling star and send a wish down with it. The path ahead seems very far but all this while you’ve made it. Months have passed that you did not believe would ever come. Look not at what you could not do but all that you have done. So much more still waits for you, just watch the evening sky, and wish upon that falling star and know that it did shine.” – Ellis Nightingale

83. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

84. “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.” – Aaron Eckhart, Batman: The Dark Knight

85. “Fear can keep us up all night long but faith makes one fine pillow.” – Philip Gulley

86. “Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston

87. “When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oldtown Folks

88. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher

89. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

90. “The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

91. “Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.” – Harry Dean Stanton

92. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

93.  “Disappointment always arrives before hope and the darkness of night comes before the dawn. Don’t lose hope now because things will be brighter with the new day.” – Henry Rollins

94.“You can’t change everything in one night, but one night can change everything.” – John Updike

95.“Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being.” – Rumi

96. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves?” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

97. “Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.” – Tyler Kent White

98. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

99. “About tomorrow, who knows anything. Except that it will be time, again, for the deepening and quieting of the spirit.” – Mary Oliver, “Swimming, One Day in August” from Red Bird: Poems

100. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

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7 Nighttime Routine Tips to Relax and Get Good Sleep

1. Meditation

At the end of a stressful day, what better to relieve your physical and mental anxieties than daily meditation. It has been scientifically proven that meditation and mindful breathing can help alleviate the troubles of insomnia and improve the overall quality of sleep.

Just twenty minutes of meditation before you go to sleep is crucial as it promotes relaxation during the time where you need it most. Here is a guided sleeping meditation to help you get started:

2. Drink Tea

Certain herbal teas like lavender, valerian root, and chamomile are known sleep inducers. These teas have been universally seen as a natural sleep aid and have been used for centuries for relaxation.

Though, it is best to avoid drinking any liquids one to two hours before bedtime to prevent Nocturia or frequent nighttime urination.

3. Play White Noise

To those unfamiliar with what white noise is, it is every audible frequency at the same amplitude. Examples of white noise include the sounds of television static, raindrops, and gusts of wind.

Many find white noise to be more comforting while they sleep than the sound of “black noise,” or complete silence, because it reduces noise pollution. Some people buy white noise machines, but a fan, or this YouTube video, serves the same purpose.

4. Take a Melatonin Supplement

Melatonin supplements have been shown to be greatly helpful for insomniacs. The recommended dosage is one to three milligrams (gummy or tablet) before bedtime, when the body’s naturally-produced melatonin is at its highest.

However, it does not work for everyone, so it is recommended that you speak to your healthcare provider before taking these supplements.

5. Avoid Eating Late at Night

Though it is sometimes tempting to grab a midnight snack, this could lead to restless sleep. To avoid disturbing the body’s natural release of melatonin and HGH, it is recommended that people don’t eat two hours before they go to sleep.

Additionally, eating too late at night can also lead to unhealthy habits and weight gain.

6. Don’t Exercise Right Before Bedtime

After a long period of exercise, the body naturally processes stimulants like adrenaline and epinephrine. Both of these neurotransmitters will keep your body up at night and lead to a restless sleep.

Avoid doing any heavy exercising one hour before bedtime. You could also opt for an alternative leisurely workout such as yoga or walking.

7. Avoid Taking Long Naps During the Day

While a small twenty to thirty minute nap can help rejuvenate your day, napping for too long can make it difficult to sleep at night. Avoid napping after two in the afternoon and limit yourself to only short naps to maintain a consistent sleep cycle.

In college, every hour of sleep cannot be taken for granted. Schoolwork, part-time jobs, commitments with family and friends, and other responsibilities can contribute to a crowded schedule. Oftentimes, you feel like you have no time to sleep.

On certain occasions when you tell yourself that you’re going to go to bed early, you find it hard to settle down and relax.

Your routine is inconsistent and you are unsure how to fix it. Luckily, it can be very easy to change your sleep cycle to get the amount of rest you need. Hopefully, these good night quotes and nighttime routine tips can be the first step in achieving a more relaxing sleep.

Check out this video on how to keep a calm evening routine!





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