Sleep is one part of the resting process. Getting too much sleep is just as problematic as not getting enough. Too much makes one lethargic at the least and at the most over-sleeping is known to cause headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
On the other hand, along with the obvious chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness that the lack of sleep causes, a sleep restricted state can also cause clumsiness, weight loss, weight gain, and slowed responses to outside stimuli. But it doesn’t stop there…a sleep-deprived person can also face premature aging or weakened immune system to everything from the common cold to terminal cancer.
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Vince Lombardi
An adequate amount of sleep is a necessity in our lives and in the lives of our athletes in order to avoid loss of confidence and purpose.
For my husband, his 47 years of coaching have been augmented by a daily nap. Whether it’s a break in the day when he grabs a quick 20-minute wink at home or on a secluded cot at school, it is key to getting him through the day. On game days he hopes for a bit more time on the pillow…like 40 minutes. Then, with his strength is renewed, he’s ready to face the second half the day that the Lord has given him. He knows that the competence of his work is dependent upon the rest he takes.
"I’m sometimes tempted to believe that the work I do when I’m awake is more important than the work God does while I sleep.” Julie Ackerman Link
…He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2b
It is while we are at rest, devoid of motion and experiencing the restoration of sleep, that God renews our energy, re-vitalizes our bodies and resets our brains.
If we do not come apart and rest awhile, we may just plain come apart. Havner
God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow – peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
REST FOR THE WEARY- light for the way;
Grace for each trial – help from above…
Unfailing kindness – undying love
(Original Hymn words by Annie Johnson Flint)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
Blessings…as you apply today’s written “oration” and rest with the life-giving sleep that God promises!
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