Pastors should view sleep differently than the average person. For us, sleep is not the end of today; it is vital preparation for what God has in store for us tomorrow.
Here are five diagnostic questions to ask yourself:
1. How much sleep do I need? The average ideal goal is seven to eight hours each night. You need to find the optimum number for you.
2. Am I waking up without an alarm? Go to bed 15 minutes earlier each month until you reach this goal.
3. Am I able to go to sleep within 30 minutes of lying down? Write down your worries and give them to God instead of bringing them into your bed.
4. Am I waking rested and pain-free? If you’re not feeling pain-free, you need to look at your sleep position, the right pillows and even investing in a better mattress!
5. Am I dozing during the day? This may be an indication of a more serious problem, like sleep apnea, so be sure to talk to your doctor.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to accomplish more is to rest. On occasion, we all need what I call “The Big Sleep”. Go to bed and sleep for a full 12 hours. You can’t do this nightly, but two or three times a year this can be a powerful tool for you.
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