December 1, 2016

Mark 6:32, So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Psalm 127:2, In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for He grants sleep to those He loves.

Are you getting enough rest? I know the holiday season is a tough time to ask that question, but recent studies show that those who do not get enough sleep are less happy.  Most of us are aware of the importance of sleep on our physical health, yet, many of us still stubbornly put off going to bed early. However, a recent study out of the University of Michigan found that getting an extra hour of sleep every night moved the happiness quotient up the same as receiving a $60,000 raise for the year. Granted, most of us aren’t ever going to get a $60,000 a year raise, but if you do, I want to be your friend. Long ago, the Psalmist wrote these words, “In vain you rise early and stay up late…”(Psalm 127:2). In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus withdrew from the people to a solitary place for rest, which you can read about in Mark 6:32. In the Old Testament, we are told that God rested on the seventh day after creation. So, increasing the amount of sleep you get is biblical, and it will make you happier.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D