I was reminded today of an excellent article on the topic of sleep. A while back, Christianity Today ran a series revolving around the question, “How can followers of Christ be a counterculture for the common good?” Lauren Winner, a writer whose works I love, responded with the answer of “Sleep more.”

A night of good sleep—a week, or month, or year of good sleep—also testifies to the basic Christian story of Creation. We are creatures, with bodies that are finite and contingent. For much of Western history, the poets celebrated sleep as a welcome memento mori, a reminder that one day we will die: hence Keats’s ode to the “sweet embalmer” sleep, and Donne’s observation, “Natural men have conceived a twofold use of sleep; that it is a refreshing of the body in this life; that it is a preparing of the soul for the next.” Is it any surprise that in a society where we try to deny our mortality in countless ways, we also deny our need to sleep?

I’d encourage you to read it, and then enjoy a good night’s rest!

“Sleep Therapy” by Lauren Winner