There are times when I have been shocked by how hard Americans push themselves. Slow down! Where did ‘Blessed are the busy’ come from? I see in people here a drive to do everything that is humanly possible in a twenty-four hour day.
I used to be a bit like this socially. I used to stay out all night with my friends, going up to Dartmoor and traveling down to Devil’s Point near Plymouth, England. The next day, in my college classes, I couldn’t function. I remember trying so hard to understand what Dr. Adrian Thatcher was trying to tell me about the existence of God, but I would keel over as soon as I left the class. In one P.E. class I arrived without my kit and so I curled up on the gym mats and went to sleep. In retrospect I am glad that the gym teacher asked me to leave her class. I wasn’t learning a thing. Are you sleeping enough? What is your theology of rest?
Mike Milco tells me that sleep deprivation is a strong indicator and contributer related to depression. I understand that a crazy mind can lead to no sleep, but also no sleep can lead to a crazy mind. We talk about our bodies being a temple of the Holy Spirit, and so we don’t smoke or chew tobacco. Many Christians don’t drink alcohol. However, they will pile on the pounds and deprive themselves of sleep.
Regular sleep habits and a daily routine are essential aspects of wellness. I am not saying that we should condemn each other over these issues, I am saying that we should examine and improve our own behavior. The zombies that I see in America are the product of overwork, poor eating habits and a mindset that thinks 6 hours is a full night’s sleep. Our values are wrapped up with performance. It is a materialistic society that attributes worth by quotas and measures meals by quantity rather than quality.
Do you have a routine? Do you have self-control? What beliefs or desires control sleep deprivation? I know that for me, I might choose to spend and evening at the Theatre in Chicago and also plan an early church meeting the next day. I don’t want to disappoint my wife by cancelling the date at the theatre, and I don’t want to disappoint my church. I am guilted into unhealthy living. However, I am not the victim because I am a sentient being who could make a choice.
Not everything that is good to do is good for me to do. Why do I make poor choices regarding sleep?
Do you really want to be a zombie?