Sleepology 101

It was back in the Old Testament we have the first recording of someone getting intoxicated.  In Genesis 9 we read about Noah stating:

When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.  (Genesis 9:21)

He was over 600 years old at this time, so I can imagine it wasn’t a pleasant sight on many different levels.

As followers of Christ we aren’t guided by what we feel or think is right, but what God’s word says is right, wrong, and true.  So what does God’s words say about drunkenness?

Some key passages the point towards drunkenness being a sin follow:

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  (Ephesians 5:18)

Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  (Romans 13:13)

So if a fellow believer was consistently placing him or herself in a drunken state through high levels of alcohol, what would you do?

Now, let’s shift gears to sleep.

According to a Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School states:

New studies show that 24 hours without sleep or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1%.  (.05-.09=100 days without a license; .1%=cancellation of car license)

So, if a fellow believer was consistently placing him or herself in a drunken state through a lack of sleep, what would you do?

Sure, there are exceptions to the rule (i.e. emergencies, sickness, labor, etc.), but I am talking about when the reasons for the lack of sleep are centered around:

  • Sin:  yea, it can physically affect us.
  • Anxiety: overwhelmed or consumed with a situation.
  • Productivity: the painful assumption that being awake more makes us more productive.
  • Undisciplined: overbooked, poor planning, and engaged in mindless activity.

*More thoughts to come, as Scripture does address sleep…and why shouldn’t it?  1/3 of our lives will be spent in sleep!


~ by Dave Smith on July 23, 2009.

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