The Spiritual Benefits of 
a Good Night’s Sleep

What are the motives behind and the consequences of sleep deprivation?

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Overview

“We are a nation of the chronically sleep-deprived,” says Lauren F. Winner in her article for BOOKS & CULTURE. Winner examines the motives behind and the consequences of sleep deprivation, pondering why we deny our God-created need for sleep.

Is sleep deprivation a subconscious desire to deny our mortality in a culture that intensely focuses on eternal youth and vigorous health? Do our sleep habits reflect our trust in God? What are the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of sleep deprivation? This study will examine the priority, necessity, and purpose of sleep.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 31:12–18; Psalms 4:3–8; 127:1–2; Proverbs 3:21–26; Mark 2:23–28; Philippians 4:6–7

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: On the seventh day of creation God rested, setting a pattern of rest for us.
Teaching point two: A clear conscience is essential for peaceful sleep.
Teaching point three: Fitful sleep is often a result of strong emotions, such as anger, worry, or grief, which are only soothed by trusting in God.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources

ARTICLE FROM BOOKS & CULTURE

    • Sleep Therapy, by Lauren F. Winner (Jan./Feb. 2006, 11 printed pages).

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