Psalm 4:8 ‘I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
Did you know that a lot of important processes take place in your body when you are sleeping?
While you rest and sleep your body cleanses, repairs, heals, replenishes and rejuvenates itself.
Your body gets revived, the tissues of your brain get restored, new information and memories are stored, and your nerves get recharged. While you sleep, your body goes back and forth between periods of light and deep sleep.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
How much sleep you need depends on your age and health status. Infants, children, and yes, even teenagers need more sleep than full grown adults because growth happens at night while they are sleeping. Getting enough sleep is important for adults as well. That is the time when your brain grows intellectually. If you don't get enough sleep, it will be so much harder for you to grow as a person. 6 to 8 hours is the general recommendation per night.
Does It Matter What Time I Go To Sleep?
This may surprise you, but the best time to go to bed (even if you are a full grown adult) is between the hours of 8 PM and 10 PM. Yes, you read that right.
Between 8 and 10 PM is the best time to go to bed.
The hours before midnight are indeed very valuable. Simply put, getting into bed a few hours before midnight is great for your health because every hour of sleep that you get before midnight is worth 2 hours after midnight. If you realize that you've been skimping on sleep and are now thinking that you should sleep extra-long hours to catch up, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news....
You cannot catch up on missed sleep. In fact, some research shows that getting too much sleep (e.g. more than 9 hours) may actually be harmful to your health. So, do try to stick to the recommended 7 or 8 hours each night.
If you are suffering from an illness, then forget about my last statement. As I mentioned before, anyone who is recovering from an illness needs all the rest and sleep they can get.
How Can Lack Of Sleep Affect Me?
If you are not getting enough sleep, your body will not be able to rebuild itself and recharge itself properly. Your body will begin to suffer.
Here are some symptoms that are common with lack of sleep:
- Memory loss
- Emotional instability
- Exhaustion, delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations over a prolonged period of sleep deprivation
- Decreased concentration and creativity and disruption in your ability to learn
- Decreased efficiency and productivity; everything seems to require more effort
- Impaired judgment (your priorities and values in life may even change)
- Loss of patience
- Negative changes in your analytical abilities, perception, motivation, and motor control
- Impaired immune system
- Increased feelings of depression, apathy, or irritability and aggression
- Slowed reaction time
From this list, you can see quite clearly that missing out on rest and sleep is not good for your health, happiness, or success!
Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet”