I am not, as they say, a morning person. But I have 4 early morning meetings each week (5:30-7:00am). So I am in a constant struggle to get in bed early.
As I have aged I have noticed that my struggle has become even more difficult. Because of this I do a lot of reading about the value of sleep. It is a good motivator. I have read several articles about the waste removal system that our brains use and I wanted to pass on this one.
In his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg wrote:
Before Elijah was to spend a prolonged time in solitude and prayer at Mount Horeb, the angel of the Lord had him take not one, but two long naps. Contrast this with the disciples at Gethsemane, who could not pray because they kept falling asleep. Sleep is a gift from God … For some of you reading this book, perhaps the single most spiritual thing you could do right now is to put it down and take a nap.