If we are truly called as followers of Christ to do all things to the glory of God, then we’ve got to include sleep in that list. Yes. . . sleep is actually a form of worship. Who knew?!? And since worship of God through sleep requires holding to that sacred rhythm of work and rest that we’ve been created for means that we not only sleep regularly on a daily basis, but that our sleep is uninterrupted for the necessary duration.
What happens when we don’t sleep? The results are a host of physical and mental health issues. Any counselor worth your time is one who would treat depression by first asking this question: “How are you sleeping?” You see, lack of sleep causes, intensifies, and exacerbates depression. Now, think about today’s children and teenagers. Think about the epidemic of anxiety and depression. And, think about the fact that far too many are sleep with their smartphones. . . or more accurately, not sleeping while they’re sleep with their smartphones! Some researchers say that teenagers need 9 hours and 15 minutes of uninterrupted sleep for healthy growth and development.
See the connection? Parents and youth workers need to encourage their kids to pursue the faithful worship practice of sleep.
Here’s a helpful infographic on Healthy Sleep Duration for you to check out.