You don’t really think about sleep much until you don’t get any. The last few nights I have been up with my 7 month old who has RSV. He’s doing better now, but the last few nights have been hard. When you get less than four hours sleep per night it starts to wear on you quickly. I was having a hard time concentrating and I was just a little crabby to say the least. Now that I got a good night’s sleep last night, which in this house means I was only up two times, I am feeling much better. But this whole thing made me think about how necessary sleep is.
So many commercials on TV are about sleep medications and helping you sleep. The Michael Jackson trial is focused on a medication he was given for sleep. He was so desperate for sleep that he ultimately died from the meds he was taking to help him sleep. It’s amazing the lengths someone will to go for sleep. Insomnia can have poor effects on your health and can cause early death. Sleep deprivation has even been used in some countries as a means of torture, those of us who are parents can appreciate that.
The Bible also mentions sleep. Psalm 127:2 states the God gives sleep to those He loves. Sleep is obviously important. There are so many things that interfere with sleep. Some things are temporary and some are not. I think insomnia is rampant in our society today. Some statistics state that 75% of people suffer from insomnia at least once a week. That’s a lot of people! Why? What is causing us to lose sleep?
For myself, I can say that it’s usually worry that causes me to lose sleep. What good am I doing myself by staying awake worrying about something. I cannot change it by worrying. But still I do it. I guess I assume if I think hard enough about something I can find the answer, but that’s not the case most of the time. God is the one with the answers in life, but I am too impatient to wait for Him to answer me. I think I need to worry about something to make things happen. There are lots of passages in the Bible about not worrying, but I do it anyway. I realize that I am loosing sleep over worry and doing myself more harm than good. I am actually hurting myself by not sleeping.
I want to be more like my husband in sleep. He can sleep almost anywhere and is asleep most nights in less than a minute, no kidding! He has never spent a night awake worrying about something. I am striving to be more like that, after all I am just hurting myself by worrying and not sleeping anyway.