November 20, 2017

What Do You Think About Sleep?

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:

What do you think about sleep

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!

 

Comments

  1. My best sleep is my 20 minute nap when I can catch one in the afternoon. I generally sleep good unless something is playing over and over in my mind then sleep never comes. Looking forward to reading your ebook.

    • I know that feeling!! My brain does not like to calm down at night. But thankfully I’ve found a few tricks that help sometimes… it’s all in the ebook! 🙂

  2. This is definitely an interesting and unique blog series 🙂 I’ve struggled with sleep for more than a few years now mostly because of newborns and night-waking. Now that my third baby is sleeping through the night, I’m the one regularly waking up at 3-4 am since I can’t seem to adjust to a new schedule 🙂 I know that good, restful sleep is needed to function well (at least for me) but at the same time I’ve learned to cope with interrupted sleep. Should be an interesting topic!

  3. The first few hours of sleep are the best for me. Once I get comfortable, I fall right to sleep, then I am in a deep sleep where I hear nothing and I am hard to wake up. Once those few hours have passed, I find myself tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable, not be too hot or too cold.
    If my dog gets onto the bed, he moves me to the middle of the bed. My husband and I have a sleep number bed, and his side is softer than my side, so when I get moved to the middle, I start to sink into the bed and I find that very uncomfortable. I will usually get up, make a quick trip to the bathroom, get a sip of water, then get back into bed after moving my dog over toward the middle of the bed.
    Sometimes I have trouble sleeping if the room is too hot, or if the overhead fan is running too fast. My mouth gets very dry and I have to get up to get a drink of water to wet my mouth.

    • And that’s the reason we’ve never allowed our dog on the bed – that, and I really don’t relish the thought of waking up to dog breath. 🙂 I think the ebook will have some ideas you’ll find helpful!

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