Healing as Near as Your Pillow

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A good beginning to resolve many physical health issues is an near as your pillow.

“An estimated 50 to 70 million [people in the US] live on the brink of mental and physical collapse because of a lack of sleep,” as stated in Dr. Don Colbert’s book, “The Seven Pillars of Health (1).” A lack of sleep affects one’s job performance, driving ability, family/friend relationships, creativeness, decision-making as well as contributes to a host of chronic diseases.

We came from the dust and one day will each return to it, so let’s take a lesson from the earth.

The soil in which our food is grown needs to have regular periods of rest. If crops are not rotated and the soil given a year of rest every so many years, the food grown there, even if organically grown, is devoid of many of the nutrients necessary for life. According to the 1992 Earth Summit, North America has the worst soil in the world-85 percent of the vital minerals depleted from it (2). Data from a USDA handbook from 1972 was compared to USDA food tables in 2001 and found that many vegetables had almost a 50 percent loss in nutrient content during that period of time (3). In scripture, God told people to give the soil a year’s rest every seventh year so that the nutrients could be naturally restored to the soil, and hence, to our food (Lev. 25:1-7). We came from the earth. The earth or soil needs regular rest or it will become devoid of everything of value. The parallel is obvious: if we do not take time to rest, our lives will become devoid of everything of value.

If you are sleep deprived, take a quick inventory of the things of value in your life.

If you have been sleep deprived, you can now quickly see that everything of value in your life-your career, your relationships, your creativity, your decision-making, your health, and even your physical safety-have greatly decreased in the quality in which they were once functioning when compared to a time in life in which you had proper sleep. Your lack of sleep has robbed your life of all that is of true value to you! Even one’s prayer life and meditation is not effective when one is sleep deprived. Been there, done that-as the saying goes!

A little bit of self-discipline to establish normal sleep habits will yield great benefits in restoring quality to all the aspects of life that we value so much!

I enjoyed Dr. Colbert’s sense of humor in his book. In regards to eating poor quality food, he said, “Your diet will not keep you from getting to heaven, but if you continue to eat unhealthy foods, you will get there much sooner (4).” Similarly, if we deprive ourselves of necessary sleep we may get there sooner as well! Increase the level of healing to all areas of value in your life by getting your head on that pillow soon enough to have at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

1. The Seven Pillars of Health p. 37
2. The Seven Pillars of Health p. 182
3. The Seven Pillars of Health p. 183
4. The Seven Pillars of Health p. 74

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