Raise your hand if you have trouble sleeping through the night.
I daresay many of you can relate. In fact, the number one physical complaint I hear from my friends and acquaintances is that they have trouble sleeping. And the latest statistics show that 1 in every 3 people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime — a number that only goes up as we get older.
Of course, there are many possible causes for poor sleep — from seasons of life, to medical problems, to environmental disruptions — and certainly our modern diets, diminished levels of activity, and non-stop technological habits have a big impact on our sleeping habits. But often there’s no obvious cause, and thus no obvious remedy.
For every individual who can simply point to one thing as the root cause of their sleeplessness, there are several others who do everything “right” yet still toss and turn all night.
If you’ve ever struggled with insomnia, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When you try and fail to get the rest your body needs, it can produce a whole list of repercussions beyond simply feeling tired the next day — brain fog, physical weakness, headaches, inappropriate heart rhythms, emotional instability, moodiness, impatience — just to name a few things.
At face value, insomnia seems like a physical problem that needs a medical solution. But we cannot ignore the fact that we are both physical and spiritual beings. What affects us in one realm will affect us in the other.
Whether the root cause of your sleepless nights is a physical problem or a spiritual problem, there is both a spiritual component and a physical component to dealing with it. And as Christians, we are compelled to consider both.
I’m not going to discuss the medical aspects of poor sleep, the next-day ramifications, or supplements that may help. This is not a medical blog, and I have few qualifications (other than personal experience) to lend authority to those types of suggestions.
But this is a blog about learning to think biblically about everyday things — like sleep — and over the next few blog posts, we’re going to do just that. First we’ll examine a biblical view of sleep, then apply those truths in a manner that can encourage those who struggle with sleep-related problems.
Because how you think about sleep affects how you actually sleep.
At the end, I’ll be sharing my brand new ebook with you for FREE! It contains a lot of spiritual and practical tips for better sleep, which I have learned through my own personal study and experience, and I think it will be a very helpful resource for many of you!
Let’s start off with a simple question to get the conversation going:
How do YOU think about sleep?
Is it a burden or a delight? Does it frustrate or bore you — or is it your favorite thing to do? Share your perspective on sleep in the comments whether you love it, hate it… or love to hate it!