Posted By Richard on September 5, 2015
Although sleep seems like an unnecessary daily ritual you have to go through, it actually does the you good, recharging your mind and your body especially after a highly stressful day. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to take on the next day quite as well.
Maybe you do know that you need sleep, but sleep doesn’t come easily. Your mind goes into overdrive and a billion thoughts attack your brain. How much do you owe on that credit card. Your mom is not doing well. There’s a weird pain in your knee that might be serious. Whatever it is, it’s keeping you awake.
“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” – Psalm 127:2
In this psalm, God is telling you to let the things that bother you lie and rest with you while we sleep, because the solution to your problems will become clearer in the morning when you rise.
Elijah, the Prophet, was so emotionally, physically, and spiritually spent from dealing with false prophets and receiving a death sentence from Queen Jezebel that he ran away.
“’I have had enough, Lord,’ Elijah said. ‘Take my life. I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep…All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’…He ate and drank and then lay down again.” = 1 King 19:4-6
When you are in crisis, you sometimes want to just get out of there, or self-medicate yourself with alcohol or shopping. Rather, the best thing to do is to take care of your mind and body, which means sleep and eat. Even a short nap is sufficient to recharge your brain.
Although the Bible indicates that sleep is much needed for you to function properly, It also warns against over-sleeping.
“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.” – Proverbs 20:13
“I went past the field of the sluggard…the man who lacks judgement…I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of he hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” – Proverbs 24:30-34
These proverbs illustrate that you should sleep in moderation. Too little sleep, and you won’t have enough mental and physical energy to deal with your problems. Too much sleep, and you will live in poverty.
Having problems sleeping? Pray to the Lord before you go to bed.
“David testified, ‘I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.’” – Psalm 4:8
Make peace with Him before laying your head down. Confess your sins and commit to His service. Read a couple of verses from the Bible. Just getting God’s word in you should relax you enough for bedtime.
Sleep also comes by easier with a comfortable bed. Investing in a good mattress, pillows, and sheet set will help you fall asleep, and stay asleep. Some of the best mattresses like a memory foam one will improve your sleep drastically, I recommend reading reviews online to make a wise purchase. Allowing you to face whatever tomorrow has to bring.