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Rest - making a N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T.


In the beginning ... God created sleep.

Did you know that just one hour of sleep deprivation increases the number of highway accidents by eight percent -but that an hour of extra sleep decreases them by eight percent? It's true! It happens every year when daylight saving time changes.

This is because driving effectiveness after you've been awake for 18 hours is about the same as driving after you have had two alcoholic drinks. (One drink = 5 ounces of wine.) When you have been awake for 24 hours, your driving effectiveness is the equivalent of driving under the influence of four to six drinks! Optimum performance comes with eight hours of restful sleep.

We find that the first reference to sleep in the Bible is of a deep and creative sleep. When Adam awoke, he was refreshed, revived ... and married. A whole new life and, ultimately, the future of humanity can be traced back to that first nap.

The reality was that even in a perfect world, God designed that a person would need to rest and that night was the optimum time to sleep. "He came to a certain place and stayed there all night because the sun had set. .. . And he lay down in that place to sleep" (Genesis 28:11 NKJV).

Could it be that we need to be reminded of the importance of restful sleep, especially in this imperfect, always-on-the-go world?

Amazing Physiology

What's the trouble with troubled sleep?

An estimated 60 million Americans have trouble sleeping. Today, because of artificial lights, TV, the internet, and the caffeine craze, people are sleeping about one hour less than their greatgrandparents did. This figure might not be startling in itself - but considering that proper sleep is one of the most important elements in the process of healing, America is also in for a disease-ridden wake-up call.

Amazing Health Magazine

Source: "Amazing Health Magazine - 8 Bible Secrets for a Longer and Stonger Life!."
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