In the news recently was a study about the impact of a good night’s sleep on family relationships.

Less sleep = More conflict

The study found that a loving couple’s ability to manage or avoid conflict was greatly hindered after a poor night’s sleep.

(Trying not to roll my eyes that this topic required study and government funding. The research scientists could have just asked their mom.)

And yet…the study is a good reminder of the importance of regular, good old fashioned sleep.


While doing research on a book, I interviewed my friend’s son, Jeff, about his recent brain surgery for a tumor. For the brain to heal from the surgery, Jeff said, it required no stimulation. A darkened room, an absence of noise.

If those are the requirements for the brain to repair itself after an injury, think of how important regular uninterrupted sleep is, especially for the brains of growing children and teens!

I worry about those who are in the habit of sleeping with their cell phones, alerting them to text messages or e-mails throughout the night. Constantly rousing the brain from rest. What do you think the long term effects of that could be on a young brain?  Scary!

A good night’s sleep is a sweet gift from God to our health, our well-being, and our relationships. And as the study proves, it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“For God gives rest to His loved ones” (Psalm 127:2, nlt).

 What about you? How many hours a night do you average? How is your “crankiness” factor? Your health?

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