The Sin of Self-induced Sleeplessness as a Vice of the Modern Age
There is a concept that is being reinforced at every level. It is an equation that was developed specifically to support the idiosyncrasies of the modern age:
You + Less SLEEP = MORE PRODUCTIVITY.
This paradigm is currently breeding a society of drones who run on coffee, stimulants and fear; perpetually sidelining their need for sleep, and thinking it virtuous.
But what does the Bible and science say about all this?
Scientific and medical research on sleep has established that proper sleep is necessary for facilitating proper learning and memory. Specifically, a lack of sleep impairs our judgement, our ability to focus and to absorb information, and our emotional stability and perception of events.
To read more on that, one website you can visit is: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/
BIBLICAL REASONS TO GET PROPER SLEEP:
1.WE LOSE SLEEP DUE TO FEAR AND PRIDE
The Bible declares in Psalm 127:1,2
" Unless the Lord builds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city,guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night,anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones."
The above verses show the link between our fears and the choices we make. Oftentimes, we lose much needed sleep because we have placed our trust in our own abilities, and not in God's ability to make our efforts successful, compensating for faithlessness with increased effort.
WE COMPROMISE THE SOUNDNESS OF OUR MINDS THROUGH SLEEPLESSNESS
The emotional volatility that is caused by a lack of sleep makes it difficult for us to respond to situations with self control and moderation. Our perception of events is also negatively affected by sleeplessness, due to an inability to focus and to process new information. The Lord requires for us to be "sober minded" (1peter 5:8) and "of a sound mind"2 Timothy 1:7. Any substance that compromises our ability to be self controlled, alert and balanced, should be avoided, including sleeplessness
3.SLEEPLESSNESS MAY BETRAY A LACK OF STEWARDSHIP
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Eph.5:15-17
Often times, we lose sleep because we wasted time in the day. If we reevaluate our daily activities, we may notice areas in our lives where there is under-performance and distraction, which we try to make up for by losing sleep. The catch is, we are bound to repeat the cycle because a lack of sleep makes us more likely to be distracted and unproductive the following day.
4.A RESTED MIND IS A PEACEFUL MIND, AND HEARING GOD's VOICE REQUIRES PEACE
This I have learned through extensive experience. I realize that whenever I get good, restorative sleep, there is a peace that settles onto my mind; clarity that almost immediately draws my mind toward the Lord. It was when I noticed this correlation that I realized a profound attack on my spiritual life through sleeplessness. The less sleep I got, the more unsettled my mind became, and in my mind was permanent NOISE. This noise made it difficult to hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.
Could sleeplessness be an attack on your communion with God?