Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Best Bridge Between Hope and Despair is Often a Good Night's Sleep

Medical researchers are coming to what may seem to be a common sense conclusion:  a missing ingredient to health may be "vitamin Zzzzzzz."

When participants in one study were cheated out of four hours of sleep for four consecutive nights, they had on average a 30 percent drop in their immune systems, as measured by natural killer-cell activity.  Such a drop can readily increase a person's susceptibility to colds and flu, and perhaps to other serious diseases.  Says sleep researcher Michael Irwin, M.D., "Many people just need a regular-length sleep to get those natural killer cells revved up again."

While a steady diet of sufficient sleep may not completely prevent disease, it can improve the body's defense system and help a person combat disease more efficiently and effectively.

Sleep is the cheapest health aid a person can "take."  Sleep is God's own means of restoring health to the body, as well as providing rest to the mind.  Many have reported a new outlook or a change of heart after a good night's sleep.

Ask God to renew your strength as you sleep tonight...then get to bed on time so He can give you what yo requested.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:2

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