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Sleep, Weight Loss, and the Bible

8Sleep is important. The Bible talks about sleep as a reward for those God loves (Psalm 127:2) and Sleepless nights are on the list of sufferings that Paul endured for the Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:5). Even Jesus, God in the flesh, made time to sleep, most famously during storms (Matthew 8:24). God created our bodies to sleep regularly and therefore sleep has a purpose; it’s a necessity, not a luxury.

Sleep cleans our minds, heals our bodies, resets our mood, and helps our weight loss efforts be more effective. A rested body has more energy to exercise, makes better decisions about food, has more weight-loss-related hormones pumping through it, and lets go of extra weight easier.

Today’s post is short, but I encourage you to click on the links above for a reminder of why sleep is so important. If you have trouble getting to bed on time, don’t forget one powerful resource at your disposal: your husband.

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Bonus material:

One can argue that “sleep” and “rest” are two different things, but I think we modern humans struggle with both and the Bible talks about both, so here is some extra motivation to kick back, conk out, and stop striving.

God set an example: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)

Rest as eternal reward: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) 

Rest is good: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalm 62:1)

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The Wizard of Oz Sleeps Well

yellow-brick-roadThis post is a re-peat, but NPR reported this week on scientists studying the connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s, so it seemed like an appropriate time to remind ourselves that sleep is not a luxury, but a mind-altering necessity.

I invite you to travel with me down the Healthy Body Yellow Brick Road. Ready, Dorothy?  Let’s collect our traveling companions and get back to Kansas!

imagesHey Scarecrow!  Did you know that sleep cleans your brain?  When you sleep, your brain cells contract, leaving extra space between them.  Spinocerebral fluid then flows around the cells, flushing away the proteins that build up there when you’re awake.  Protein build up has been linked to alzheimers and dementia.  When you get enough sleep (7-8 hours per night), your brain gets detoxed.  I got so little sleep in college, I think I built protein palaces. http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/october2013/10282013clear.htm Another new study just announced that missed sleep results in an increase in certain chemicals in the brain – the same type of chemical increases that occur after a head injury.  http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=10&from=en-us_msnhpvidmod#/video/7d94de3e-03fa-4090-aa8a-331b3c311c1e

Annex - Garland, Judy (Wizard of Oz, The)_01“If I only had a heart” and if I only slept enough to keep it strong!  Tin Man, a new study came out this past summer which links sleep and heart health.  There are four factors that significantly affect one’s risk for cardiovascular disease: smoking, diet, exercise, and alcohol. New research has added a fifth: sleep.  If you don’t get enough sleep, it adversely affects your heart just as much as smoking does.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2353692/Lack-sleep-increases-risk-heart-disease-SMOKING.html

images (3)Lion, your courage to face the day and change your bad habits into good ones is also linked to sleep.  Mood is affected by sleep.  If you or someone you know has worked night shift, you don’t need science to tell you that lack of sleep makes a person more irritable, less patient, and well, not someone you want to be caged up with.  Some studies have linked sleep deprivation with depression and other studies show that lack of sleep causes your amygdala (the part of the brain associated with negative emotions) to act up more and be less connected to the part of your brain that regulates emotion (and keeps the crazies in check).  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-you-and-me/201308/all-night-the-effects-sleep-loss-mood

images (2)images (1)Last, but not least, we can’t forget the Good Witch Leptin and the Wicked Witch Ghrelin.  Well rested bodies produce lots of the hormone leptin which tells your body to stop eating.  Sleep starved bodies produce more ghrelin hormones which tell your body to eat more.  So in this metaphor, the Munchkins actually work for Wicked Witch Ghrelin.  (Dunkin Donut holes, get it?)  Come on, Lollipop Guild, you’re not helping us get to Kansas. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain

Join me in celebrating the New Year by resolving to get more sleep: rest for our brain, our heart, and our mood.  On our Yellow Brick Road, the best thing Dorothy can do is lie down in the field of poppies and take a nap.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:2,3a
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Images are from:

http://www.doctormacro.com/movie%20summaries/w/wizard%20of%20oz,%20the%20(1939).htm

http://www.fanpop.com

http://www.hrcsuite.com/strategic-planning/manufacturing-metrics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Witch_of_the_West

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm846889984/ch0004330

http://www.queen-of-theme-party-games.com/wizard-of-oz-games.html#axzz39fndneOL