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SLEEP

Logan Smith & Philip Huber

I have terrible sleeping habits. I usually get only four or five hours of sleep at night, so I am always tired and often take a nap when I get home from school. I have tried to change my sleep schedule, but homework and unexpected events often throw a wrench into my plans.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
Psalm 3:5 (NIV)

Sleep—or the lack of it—affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. When I’m tired, I often feel depressed and anxious. I can’t carry on conversations well or think as clearly as I do when I am rested. When I get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, I feel refreshed and can do more during the day. Not only do I have more energy, but I feel good about myself—happy and hopeful.

—Logan Smith, 20

 

REFLECT: Most nights, I set my alarm, slide under the covers, and fall asleep. Occasionally, my routine is hindered by stress, excitement, or too much sugar and caffeine; and the next day, I am irritable and sluggish, unable to engage fully in relationships and activities. Aware that sleep is a precious gift from God, needed to recharge body and soul, I’ve added a new morning habit: As I rub the grogginess from my eyes, I thank God for giving me sleep and for awakening me to a new day.

—Philip Huber

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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