The Theology of Sleep

"Most of our time is in the workplace, and the second highest lump of time is spent sleeping. One-third of our lives! ....The Bible does have something to say about what we do with one-third of our life in this regard, but we don’t hear messages about this." - TIFWE

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Aaron Blumer's picture


Yep, I’m doing a little monetizing here. Paid link.

But this “not new” book does look edifying…  (The TIFWE article is not mainly about the book)

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.

JD Miller's picture

When I was in Bible college I had a friend who only got about 5 hrs of sleep a night.  If i had less than 8 or 9 at that time, I would end up with a headache (I can get by on about 7 or 8 now but like 10 now and then).  I started to wonder if I was being lazy, so I decided to go to the word of God to see what it said about sleep.  I quickly realized that although we should not be lazy, sleep was very necessary and it was vanity to try to get by with less sleep than needed.  I also consulted medical research and realized that if my body was telling me I needed 9 hours of sleep, I better be disciplined enough to get it.  If I am focused on avoiding smoking and gluttony to take care of my body, I definitely better be disciplined enough to get enough sleep.  I have found out that if I get enough sleep at night I am more alert and can get much more done during the day than if I skimp on sleep.