27th November 2018

Sleep And Rest

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

Well, we all sleep, in fact, a third of our lives are taken in sleep. My Bible Dictionary gives four separate stages of sleep. The first one is “the natural state of rest during which human beings and animals remain relatively unaware of their surroundings.” This is normal sleep where we all fall asleep and wake up hours later, refreshed and ready to go. However, a lot of people have trouble sleeping. Believe it or not, there are people who study sleep and are experts on this subject. They tell us that there are a number of things you can do to have a healthy sleep:

1-A regular bedtime routine would be helpful. Whatever it is, it should be stuck to. You should go to sleep at a regular time each night. This programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine. Most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep per night. By working back from what time you need to get up, you can set a regular bedtime schedule.

2-We are advised to avoid certain things like TV’s and other electronic gadgets in your room. It’s interesting to note that if you have to use a computer before bed, it helps to put the night light on (if you have one). This restricts blue light emanating from your display by changing its hue. This light actually tricks our brain into believing that it’s daytime, as the blue light spectrum is actually closer to what the sun produces in the morning (by the evening it has changed to a more gentle, red, hue). Studies have shown that blue light at night suppresses melatonin (a chemical which encourages sleep) production more than other colours, and shifts the body’s circadian timing, thereby disrupting the body’s sleep/wake timing.

3-Light, noise and a bad mattress can also prevent or disturb sleep. Your bedroom needs to be dark, quiet and kept at a temperature of between 18C and 24C. It may help to fit some thick curtains, and if you’re disturbed by noise, fit double glazing, or use earplugs.

Worry, guilt and fear are also things that rob us of sleep. Proverbs 3:24 says, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.” If we are afraid or worried about something, take it to the Lord in prayer. Jesus says to “Come to Me…and I will give you rest.” He will give you the peace that passes understanding which the Apostle Paul spoke of in Philippians 4:6.

Holy Father, help us to sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. In Jesus’ name we ask.

Study by Chris Burmajster

About the Author:
Chris Burmajster attends the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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