Most of our world understands sleep disorders as simply a chronic lack of sleep. However, when we look at the four different forms of rest, we discover that these disorders come in, yes, four different forms as well. Ironically, each form especially affects a different part of our makeup. Each part, then, in time, affects the whole being.
Chronic lack of sleep for caregivers can lead to burn out, anger, resentment and even fatal decision making. Sleep disorders for patients can mean prolonged sickness and a poor quality of life. Whether caregiver or patient, sleep is vital to your health and the health of those around you.
My best advice comes from the Bible - we can't give others what we have not received ourselves. If I am not sleeping and therefore caring for my own body and health, I will not be able to care for someone else.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
So, what is rest? Let's break it down a little further so you can begin to see the bigger picture.Rest - Vitamin R
When we lack any part of the essential forms of rest listed above, our body's and then our relationships will suffer.
Rest is one of the most basic healers known! We rest to heal. We rest when are tired. We rest to escape. And now, we rest to lose weight! Inadequate rest when we are well leads to sickness.
Some of the thoughts listed above may be new to you. Ponder them and practice some and you will find that as you slow down, rest may come easier for you at night.
Adequate rest can help you shed pounds. Years of abuse, mental strain, unrest and broken hearts for many of us have stolen our restful slumber and piled on the weight. Sleep disorders are one of the most simple disorders to remedy. Why? It's they way life was made to work...simply with plenty of outside fresh air, sunshine and exercise, nutrition, pure water, temperance, and trust in Divine Power. I like to call this alternative medicine.
Western Civilization and the backgrounds we grew up in emphasize that our worth and value are often places on how much you have and have accomplished. Society also bombards us to lose weight, overloading us with tips, in order to fit in and be accepted. We spend sleepless nights agonizing over these lies that we believe.Slow Down!
Your best chances of restful sleep are on an empty stomach. Those who eat nothing at least 8.5 hours before going to bed at night will experience the best rest (and the best long term weight loss.) (Medical conditions may prevent you from practicing this... consult your doctor.) This can be tough to implement. Start with just skipping supper and eating a later lunch - skip the coffee and donut break and eat a king sized breakfast. Cut the soda pop, turn off all TV's computers and video games an hour before bedtime and you're on your way!
Sleeping outside is unheard of these days unless you are camping! But sleeping outside can be restful than sleeping indoors in the summertime! Yes, you guessed it... better sleep, better chances of kicking the sleep disorders and those sleeping pills that work against the deep REM sleep you need!Consider these tips for better rest:
Sleep disorders can kill. We have the power to begin to change things in our lives today that will affect or sleep and the quality of our sleep. Take all three forms of Vitamin R daily and consider resting on the 7th day Sabbath - the day set aside by God for man to rest and nurture his relationship with his Maker. (Genesis 2:2,3 and Exodus 20:8)