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Embracing Rest: A Vital Element in Overcoming Challenge

In the hustle and bustle of life, the importance of sleep often takes a backseat. For Overcomers in Him, recognizing the value of adequate rest is not just a matter of physical health but a crucial aspect of our ability to fulfill the roles God has entrusted us with. Here's a reflection on the significance of sleep, interwoven with Scripture, statistics, and practical steps for ensuring our bodies receive the rest they need.

I spent years with insomnia due to the trauma in my life & can testify first hand that without adequate rest, nothing else will be enough. This was only magnified by the narcissistic abuse in my previous marriage. Now, I'm vigilant in protecting my rest.

The Biblical Perspective:

Scripture affirms the sanctity of rest. Psalm 127:2 (NIV) says, "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves." God's design for our well-being encompasses the importance of sleep as a gift from Him.

The Impact on Our Roles:

  1. Mothers and Wives: Sleep directly influences our patience and ability to nurture. Proverbs 31:25 (NIV) reminds us, "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."

  2. Women in the Workforce: Sleep enhances cognitive functions, crucial for success in the workplace. Ecclesiastes 5:12 (ESV) asserts, "The sleep of a laborer is sweet."

  3. Daughters and Friends: Emotional resilience is fortified with adequate rest. Proverbs 3:24 (NLT) encourages us, "You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly."

Statistics on Sleep Deprivation:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that one-third of adults in the U.S. report insufficient sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to increased risk of chronic conditions like obesity and depression.

Steps for Restful Nights:

  1. Prioritize a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Establish regular sleep and wake times.

  2. Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Engage in calming activities before sleep.

  3. Optimize Sleep Environment: Ensure a comfortable and dark sleep space.

  4. Limit Screen Time: Reduce exposure to screens before bedtime.

  5. Mindful Nutrition: Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime; opt for sleep-promoting foods.

  6. Stay Active: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine.

  7. Manage Stress: Practice relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or prayer.

  8. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Moderate consumption to promote quality sleep.

  9. Evaluate Your Mattress and Pillows: Ensure they provide proper support.

  10. Seek Professional Help if Needed: Persistent sleep issues may require consultation with a healthcare professional.


As Overcomers in Him, recognizing the importance of sleep is not just a self-care practice but a stewardship of the vessel God has entrusted us with. By embracing rest, we equip ourselves to fulfill our roles with grace, resilience, and the vitality needed to overcome life's challenges. May we find solace in God's promise from Psalm 4:8 (NIV): "In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety."

Love & blessings!

Connie Dunn, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Board Certified Trauma Informed Positive Psychology Nurse Coach, Christian Mental Health Coach (American Academy of Christian Counselors), Narcissistic Abuse Specialist, Somatic Experiencing & Brainspotting Practitioner


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