30 Days of Gratitude – Day 27 Blessed Sleep or Insomnia

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Today I’m grateful for the blessing of restorative sleep.  I’m so grateful for it now because as it sometimes does it eludes me tonight.

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Sleep gives our body time to regenerate itself.  It helps in weight loss.  The effects of insomnia on our body are harsh.

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Who wants to be irritable or  impaired morally or have hallucinations?  Who wants problems with their heart, type 2 diabetes, tremors, or risk of obesity?  I don’t want any of those and unfortunately am already struggling with some of these.

I found this article by Dr. Mehmet Oz that helped me realize some of the things I was doing wrong when it.  If your suffering with insomnia like me maybe some of these things might be helpful to you as well.

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Rubin Naiman, getting a good night’s sleep is critical for our physical, spiritual and emotional health—yet more and more people suffer from sleep disorders and insomnia. Dr. Naiman urges us to slow down, unwind and embrace the spiritual side of sleep, and he says most sleep problems can—and should—be treated without medications. Dr. Oz talks to Dr. Naiman, who is also the sleep specialist at the Miraval Resort in Arizona and the author ofHealing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming and Awakening, about the importance of sleep and ways that you can reclaim the night:

  • Dr. Naiman says that if you fall asleep the second your head hits the pillow, you are most likely sleep deprived and excessively tired. Give yourself 10–15 minutes in bed, in the dark and alone with your thoughts before you fall asleep, he says.
  • If you consistently need an alarm clock to wake up, you’re not getting enough sleep. “If you get enough sleep, you’ll just awaken naturally,” Dr. Naiman says. The simple solution: Go to bed earlier.
  • If you’re using excessive stimulation during the day for energy, such as caffeine, high-glycemic foods or running on adrenaline, you’re probably not getting enough sleep, Dr. Naiman says.
  • Be sure to sleep in complete darkness—that means turning off the TV, night-lights and bright alarm clocks. Dr. Naiman says that even a small amount of light at night suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, a natural hormone that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle and plays a vital role in other important biological processes.
  • Dreams are extremely valuable to the human psyche, Dr. Naiman says, not only from a spiritual standpoint but from a health standpoint. In fact, he says evidence suggests that “the chronic loss of dreaming may be the most critically overlooked factor in clinical depression.”
  • The process of preparing your mind and body for sleep is a valuable spiritual process, Dr. Naiman says. “It’s an opportunity to literally practice this fundamental art of letting go, of surrendering,” he says.
  • Rest is just as important as sleep, Dr. Naiman says. People often confuse rest with recreational activities like bowling, reading or drinking alcohol, he says. Rather, learn to engage in things like meditation, yoga or prayer. “Rest informs most approaches to healing and I think we underestimate how powerful it is,” he says.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/The-Value-of-Sleep#ixzz2OATHwiQu

I pray this is as helpful to you as it has been to me.  Then we can all be praising God for a good night’s sleep.

Joy – A Fellow Sojourner & A Woman After God’s Own Heart!

The Best Medicine

The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Now no one wants dry bones or a broken spirit.   So if you are feeling a little down today here is some medicine that I thought you might enjoy for a change.

This is good advice and I would subscribe it a minimum of 5 times a day and it really should be more for a really healthy life.  The endorphins it gives you are great and does wonders for you.  You see The Great Physician knows what He’s talking about, medical research has verified it.  But we don’t need the research all we need to do is trust God at His Word.

Here are some more to tickle your funny bone.

This can’t possibly be the cat next door.  Who would want to smite this cutie?

If these photos didn’t get the laughter going then and even if it did (I’ll join you in this) look for things in your everyday occurrences that will make you laugh.  Maybe your hair isn’t behaving quite as it should today, now for me the perfectionist this will be a hard one but my boyfriend is always telling me to not be so hard on myself so I’ll do my best to laugh instead of getting frustrated.  If traffic is crazy take a deep breath and think about Godzilla being the cause of all the mess, that should put a smile on your face, if not a laugh in your heart.  Look for the humor of your pet or your children (they grow up so fast), or your spouse (but don’t laugh at them just with them).

Have a day a week full of laughter.  One last one to get your week started.

Sorry saw this one and just couldn’t resist. :0)

Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart!