We, all of us, place a great deal of stock in sleep. Shakespeare laments, ” The cloud capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself. Yea, all of which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this unsubstantial pagent faded, leave not a rack behind, We are such stuff are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep”.
We worry that we do not get enough sleep, and rightly so. Scientists say that we can accumulate a “sleep debt” due to poor sleep habits, sickness, and awakening. Research says it can be paid off, or worked down; that, for some, it must be. Each of us, depending upon our age, requires more or less. Surprisingly, some credible research says too much sleep is associated with morbidity ( a big word for unhealtyness). The Americqn Cancer Society Study of over one million subjects found that longer sleepers had an even greater risk. Maybe some just don’t want to get up and face life as they know it.
This would place emphasis on quality , not quantity – long or short.
Both Psalms 4/8 and 127/2 deal with the core issue. From our perspective ; “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety”. From His perspective, ” It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, to eat the bread of sorrows, for He giveth His beloved sleep”.
It is then worries that drive us to wakefulmess, or oversleeping. As Goldylocks would observe, what is “just right”? The answer, at least in my mind, is only “that which God provides”, and it is totally an individual matter. To some much is given. My poem suggests that solution;
What wand’ring soul could ever rest
In wanton sins he feels is best
To breathe God’s air so heaven sent
With restless deams be still content
It’s not in sleep we find at last
Those rare coins our heart has cast
But in our faith where peace resides
Within the will of Him, our Spirit guide
In showing desire for God alone
We craft sweet dreams of His condone
His lasting promise of tomorrow lives
In each morn’s blessing He faithfully gives
Truly, the sweetest dreams are found in Him.