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We all long for a good night’s sleep. Why is sleep so important? And when is the best time to go to bed?

The Mind and Sleep

We know all too well that sleep is essential for our daily routine. In fact, we spend around one-third of our time doing it. Without it, our brains and body processes would be affected severely. It’s essentially a soothing and restoring balm.

During this time, neurotransmitters get replenished. Neurotransmitters are our body’s chemical messengers, and they’re needed to regulate significant functions like heart rate, breathing, digestion and muscle movement. But we can only receive these incredible benefits when we undergo deep sleep.

Deep Sleep: How Does It Affect the Body?
Deep sleep is the rest cycle stage when the body and brain waves are at their slowest. During this stage, powerful hormones are secreted for growth, strength, repair and regeneration. During this time, glucose metabolism increases in the brain, which supports memory and overall learning.

That means that not enough deep sleep can make the brain unable to convert information to our memory. When this happens over a long period of time, such low-quality rest is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, bedwetting and sleepwalking.

Sleep and Spirituality
Rest has relevance to spirituality. Firstly, it was God who created sleep in His “operating room.” He induced deep sleep—the first anesthesia—to Adam before performing the first-ever surgery.

Moreover, the Bible talks about sleeping spiritually. Human beings who walk and talk but lack spiritual judgment are sleepwalkers. No wonder Ephesians 5:14 says, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

God admonishes us to be physically healthy; this way, we can be spiritually well too. Discipline is needed to maintain optimal health. When you hardly sleep, don’t count the sheep. Trust and talk to the Shepherd, Jesus.

Join Dr. Lela Lewis and her friends as they discuss and analyze deeper realities about sleep. Learn how to set the stage for good sleep and well-being.

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