We in the West seem to have a love/hate relationship with sleep. We always talk about wanting more sleep. Many deal with chronic fatigue, yet we cram more and more things into our schedule robbing precious minutes or hours from our sleep time. . .There's a lack of trust deep within us that tells us we must be in control of our time. It borders on the neurotic. . .We know that sleep is important to your physical well-being. Studies show that lack of sleep (8 - 9 hours is optimal for adults) increases our risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease. . .
So here's my prescription for better sleep:
-Trust God to help you accomplish what you need to do in your waking hours. Let go of the need to control.
-Set aside 7 - 9 hours each day for sleep and guard them diligently.
-Plan a routine of relaxation during the hours before bed. (wine with dinner, herbal tea and/or warm bath before bed).
-Nutritional Yeast for difficulties falling asleep.
(Also resist the urge to nap during the day if you have trouble sleeping at night).
Let's stop trying to cheat sleep. Let's make friends with sleep. It's a buddy we can't live without.
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