Proverbs 20: 13 Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

If lack of sleep ends in riches, I might be a billionaire some day! Kidding aside, I don’t sleep as well as I used to. If you’re middle-aged or older you may understand. I’ve been doing some reading and find the following from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • As we get older our brains produce less melatonin – a chemical which aids in maintaining sleep patterns. I’ve tried small doses of over-the-counter melatonin which has helped.
  • As we get older our sleep schedules tend to change in that our bodies want to go to sleep earlier and wake earlier. Over the years I’ve spoken with many men’s church groups who are frustrated that younger men tend not to participate. When do many of these frustrated men’s groups meet? Early in the morning. A men’s breakfast at 7am is fine for older guys as they have been up for a while by 7am. Younger men are often still sleeping.
  • The quality of our sleep tends to decrease as we age. I hate it when I wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. Sometimes I’m writing this blog at like 3am because I gave up sleeping. Fortunately I can often fit in a nap during the day to compensate, but I know many other people don’t have this kind of flexibility.

Ah – the indignities of getting older.

Heavenly Father, sleep is a precious thing. Through sleep we are rejuvenated and refreshed to do your will. Today I pray especially for those of us who struggle with getting consistently good sleep. Give us grace to find new ways to rest as our bodies change over the years. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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