Let me start out by saying I’m not a physician. I’m a Christian with a biology background and trained in the dental field, but I also have some understanding of the “natural” world. I believe God has given me some insight into this condition.
Circadian rhythm is an important part of sleep. Have you ever heard that babies “have their days and nights mixed up?” The rhythm responsible for righting that has not yet been established. Physically, that is determined by the pineal gland, located in the limbic region of the brain. Science has dubbed this gland the intuition gland, as it is stimulated when we pray. Incidentally, the limbic region is where the emotions are stored, too.
That segues me into the emotional portion. Modern science has also discovered that between 75%-92% of what ails us physically comes from emotional roots.
Now let’s go to The Word, the spiritual aspect. Solomon is discussing the importance of fixing your eyes on The Lord’s statutes: “When you go, they shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you.” Proverbs 6:22 AMPC. Again in Proverbs 3:24: “When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.” One of the things I believe Solomon is discussing is fear. Does fear keep you awake or wake you up at night? Let’s call it one of the things we call it today: worry, concern, too busy, racing mind…and the list goes on.
The Lord mentions fear in the Bible 365 times. Hmmmm…that’s one for every day. Coincidence? I think not. 1 John 4:18 AMPC states: “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” Let’s put this into today’s jargon: If you really know how much God loves you, you can trust Him to handle anything and everything life throws your way. He doesn’t punish you by plaguing you with circumstances. Jesus took care of God’s wrath; therefore God sees you through Jesus’ blood. Literally, you’re covered, and this is not an insurance commercial.
Immediately this conclusion should come to mind: As we pray, the very gland responsible for circadian rhythm is stimulated, thus putting a proper rhythm in place. Can you see that? So when your emotions are keeping you up, or even waking you up, give them over to The Lord. He loves you and wants your very best. Spend time praying; believing He will keep and guard you. When we hold on to our cares, we’re saying Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough! Listen to God talk to you; prayer is a two-way conversation, and conversations include the words of both parties involved. As you do this, you’ll discover those who pray and give their worries over to The Lord will be able to rest spiritually, emotionally, and physically.