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Some people are really annoyed that our bodies have to sleep so much.  But it is a fact of life that rest is necessary to allow things to heal and grow and re-energize.

Most of us get so involved in all the things we want to do, that we want to skip over the resting/sleeping part.  We have the ability to sleep for a few hours and then get up and keep pushing our selves to do more and more.  Our amazing bodies can adjust to this schedule for a while, but eventually it all catches up with us and we crash.

Sometimes we get so run down that we can't seem to get to sleep.  Some times our minds are so busy we can't seem to sleep.  Sometimes our bodies have been so stimulated that we can't seem to sleep.

It has been discovered that if we don't get enough sleep, we actually suffer in physical measurable ways. Sleeping too much can also be a problem.  Longer than 9 hours or less than 6 hours, seems to lead to forgetfulness, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  Around 7 to 8 hours a night seems to be the best.

The other problem that people have with sleep, is that they want to sleep at a different time of day than their body wants to.

As a general rule the body has an internal clock that follows along with the internal clock of the earth.  In normal natural times, this clock wants to repair and rebuild the body starting at about 11pm each night.  If your body is not resting/sleeping at that time the body can not do the repairs it wants to do.  The result is that those repairs and rejuvenation are interrupted and don't happen.  Or at least they don't happen to the level that they could have happened.

That is why the best sleep happens before midnight.  If you go to bed around 9 or 10 PM, then your body is relaxed and ready to repair around 11pm.  If you are still awake and doing other things at 11, your body has to put off those repair functions to a more favorable day.

Each day the earth signals your body when it is time to repair.  Make sure that when your body gets the signal, (around 11PM) it can act on it.

Try to bring you day to an end in a calm and relaxing manner each evening, allowing your body to rest and recharge well.

Some of the things that can help you to sleep well at night are ;

Make sure that you eat good food during the day, so you have the proper resources to repair and rejuvenate.

Exercise during the day to make sure that fluids can circulate well to aid in getting the proper nutrition to the cells that need it.

Drink plenty of water all day long, so that the body is well hydrated when it comes time to repair.  Without proper hydration the body can't flush out the bad stuff and let the good stuff flow in.

Rituals to wrap up your day and prepare yourself for sleep, help your body to know that it is time to sleep.

Let go of the cares of the world at the end of your day.  Hand them over to God for the night, and see how many of them he solves by morning.  You might be surprised.  In the morning you will be refreshed and energized and much better prepared to think clearly and tackle the ones that are left for you to tackle.  God may not solve your problems during the night, but the morning may find you in possession of the knowledge necessary to solve them yourself.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 August 2010 08:25

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