What Was The Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnah Routine Before Sleeping?

Safiya Rahman

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July 12, 2023
Muslim man performing wudu before sleep in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is considered to be the most exemplary figure in Islam and a person all practising Muslims admire, love and respect. He is known to have led a simple life and followed a routine that was in accordance with the teachings of Islam. However these teachings, known as The Sunnah, also instruct Muslims on how to be happy and successful.

One important aspect of his routine were his bedtime habits. In this article, we will discuss five things that the Prophet Muhammad did before bed, and the significance of each in promoting a restful night's sleep.

1. Performing wudu (ablution) 💦

Performing wudu is the act of washing the hands, face, arms, and feet before offering prayer. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would perform Wudu before going to bed. This act is not only hygienic but also has spiritual significance. It cleanses the body and soul, removing any impurities, and prepares the person for a peaceful and restful sleep.

2. Reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas 🌙

Before going to bed, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would recite Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas. These are the last three Surahs of the Holy Quran and are collectively known as the Mu’awwidhatayn. The Prophet (peace be upon him) would seek refuge in Allah from the evils of the night by reciting these Surahs. They offer protection and security, warding off any harm that may come during the night.

Muslim man engaged in nightly prayer

3. Supplicating to Allah 🤲

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would make supplications to Allah before going to bed. He would seek forgiveness for his sins and ask for protection from all kinds of harm. He would also express gratitude to Allah for His blessings and ask for guidance in his life. This act of turning to Allah before going to sleep shows the Prophet’s reliance on Allah and his recognition of Allah’s mercy and grace. 

4. Sleeping on his right side 🛌

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would sleep on his right side. This is in accordance with the teachings of Islam, which encourage sleeping on the right side. Sleeping on the right side has been proven to be beneficial for digestion and can also reduce the risk of heartburn and acid reflux.

Muslim woman preparing for bedtime

5. Limiting food and drink intake before bed ☕️

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would limit his food and drink intake before going to bed. He would eat a light meal and avoid heavy or spicy foods that could cause discomfort or disturb his sleep. The Prophet (pbuh) was reported to have instructed Muslims on how to not overeat:

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’” Sunan Ibn Majah 3349, Book 29, Hadith 99

These bedtime habits of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reflect his adherence to the teachings of Islam and his recognition of the importance of physical and spiritual wellbeing in helping to achieve a deep, restful sleep. By following his example, we can incorporate these practices into our own lives and enjoy the benefits of rest.

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