"Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep."
- Pam Beazly
Since becoming a parent, the importance of sleep is becoming more and more clear to me. I don't stay up crazy late - it would be fine if the kids weren't waking up in the night - but because most nights I experience broken sleep, sometimes up to five times in one night, I get up feeling exhausted, unprepared and often down. Even the smallest problems become big and ugly and it's really hard to focus on any one at a time. If you have kids or are in the habit of staying up way too late at night then you
know exactly what I'm talking about. Oh, then there's the little "regret" cherry on top of the cake. You constantly remind yourself that you should've turned off the TV or computer sooner, then you wouldn't be feeling so drained. Such a lovely feeling!
Another thing I've discovered when I'm sleep deprived is I'm much more susceptible to temptation. Whether it's my attitude, trouble controlling anger, or my thought life; it hits hard. Especially if I'm going to have a nap or I can't focus properly on my daily tasks. It reminds me of King David in 2 Samuel 11. His army is gone to war, but he stayed behind. Rather than putting himself to work and having that to focus on, he was just kind of wandering on the rooftops of his palace. Since he wasn't busy with anything, temptation came in and took him down hard! If you're unfamiliar with what happened I would encourage you to read for yourself, It's an incredible illustration of how far we can stray from God, yet if we are willing to repent He will always take us back.
Then there are the nights you choose to go to bed for the night nice and early. Every once in a while, the kids do sleep through, but even if they don't, you called it a night early enough that it won't affect you too much the next morning. I don't know about you, but I feel like superman on those days! Like I can accomplish anything! It's great! And usually I do get alot done, because I'm able to be sharp, focus on one thing at a time and when those little daily problems inevitably show up, they remain just that. Little. I'm sure I'm a little bit easier to be around at work and home as well!
It takes some discipline to make yourself go to bed at a decent time - for me it takes a lot! - But when I wake up feeling recharged and ready to go, it's pretty hard to regret it. My friend James gave me a great idea that could help you as well. Try setting your alarm on your phone to go off every night at a certain time. This will be the time (no matter what) that you will begin to get ready for bed. Then have another alarm set for a time that you need to be in bed by. Well, I gotta go. Getting tired. Have a good sleep!