Three Lies About Sleep

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Do you believe any of these lies about sleep?

Sleep is a necessary evil. 

As Christians we affirm that our bodies are inherently good – a gift from God, created to reflect and honor him. So God knew what he was doing when he designed us with a need to sleep each night. There are so many scientific studies showing the benefits of sleep, and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.

Perhaps our grudge against sleep comes from an unhealthy drive to constantly be achieving something. Maybe it’s the growing fear of missing out. Whatever it is, it reflects an unhealthy, unsustainable, and unquenchable desire in us to go nonstop.

Do you view sleep as an enemy or an ally?

Sleep doesn’t require much forethought.

Sleep is like money. If you don’t have a budget and you’re not tracking where it’s all going, then you’re probably just guessing and coming up short a lot of the time.

I have a set bedtime and a set risetime. Not because I’m so irresponsible, but because I want to be intentional about where my time goes. I want to wake up refreshed and ready to go, not groggy, grumpy, and wishing I’d gotten to bed earlier.

Do you plan your sleep or just hope you get enough?

Sleep is a mysterious “hit or miss.”

There’s a lot you can do to either help or hurt your chances of resting well. For example:

  • Avoid screen time an hour before bed. The blue light emitted from TV’s and mobile devices interferes with your biological clock, signaling your brain that it’s time to be up when it’s really time to be asleep . If you need to be in front of a screen before sleeping, apps like this one can help.
  • Don’t think about negative, stressful, or work related things before bed. That just makes your mind race instead of relax. Instead, enjoy a good book, take a warm bath, listen to some relaxing music, or do whatever helps you transition into a calm state.
  • Try not to eat right before bed. As tempting as that bowl of ice cream may sound, it’s not doing your body any favors at night. Sleep is your body’s time to rest and restore vital functions, not divert energy to digestion. Alcohol interferes with quality sleep, too.

For more tips, click here.

Are you sabotaging your sleep or supporting it? 

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Author: Dave Mierau (Meer-oh)

Christ follower, family man, lifelong learner.

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