Rest prepares your body and mind for life’s daily challenges. The Bible describes how David, one of the greatest warriors in the Bible, rested every night to get ready for battle the next day. Sleep refreshes your body and mind so that you can focus and make decisions with clarity.
T.D. Jakes has a great teaching that describes how the enemy wins when you’re weary. Without rest, you can’t think straight. You make bad decisions. You say bad words. You associate with bad people. You are completely unable to fully control your life, because you are too tired and frustrated to deal with it. That’s when the enemy attacks! You begin to question your own abilities and doubt yourself in every situation. However, this entire situation can be avoided. Simply, choose to get an adequate amount of rest.
Personally, I need eight hours of sleep per night to be at my best the next day. Of course there are many medical opinions about this topic, but most recommend between six to eight hours per night. I truly believe that it’s a personal choice. For instance, I have a friend in Malta named Alfred that only sleeps between three to five hours per night. It seems to work for him, but I don’t recommend it for everyone. So, how much is enough? Medically speaking…I have no clue. If you roll out of bed in the morning with a clear mind and rested body, then I say that’s a great start.
Your failure to get enough rest not only affects you but also everyone else around you. Have you ever tried to have a serious conversation when you were just too tired to think straight? Your judgment goes out the window and you likely give in to the demands of others. Possibly, you’ve been working on an important project and cut corners because you are simply too fatigued to give it your best. These are situations in which others suffer from your lack of rest.
You can’t deny the fact you feel better when you get a great night’s sleep. Your seventh challenge is pretty simple. Sleep. That’s it. Instead of turning on the television to watch mindless shows, going out to late-night hangouts with friends or continually staying up late to finish a project, get into your bed and go to sleep. Combine eating healthy with your sleep. Buy a good foodsaver vacuum sealer and cook healthy and preserver your food. Healthy food helps you get better sleep. You can’t be the person that you want to be in life and accomplish all of your dreams and goals unless you are able to be mentally and physically prepared so make sleep a priority beginning today.