5. Sleeping Enough Helps You Treat Others According to God's Command
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If you’ve ever snapped at someone who didn’t deserve it because you were in a sleep-deprived huff, you’re further proof of the medical finding that the amount of sleep you get influences your relationship with others.
It may surprise you to learn that one of the best places to look for relationship advice is the Bible. Scripture sagely warns us that, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23). Jesus also advised us to care for the state of our thoughts and feelings, for “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Matthew 12:34).
Like any parent, our Father wants us to care for one another. Scripture tells us to love our neighbors by showing each other justice, kindness, and humility (Matthew 22:34-40; Micah 6:8). Studies show that, in giving your body the sleep it needs, you reduce stress, think more clearly, and make better decisions, all of which improves your mood and, thereby, the mood with which you interact with others. These heightened good spirits clear the way for treating others with the justice, kindness, and humility that God wants to see among His children.
In the race to “do it all,” you may have relegated sleep to the backseat and, alongside it, your connection to your faith. Prioritizing sleep helps you to be your best Christian self by giving you the clarity you need to more effectively balance your obligations in this temporary world with your obligations to our eternal God.
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Dolores Smyth writes about her life’s passions—faith and family. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. You can follow her work on Twitter @LolaWordSmyth.