These benefits occur because sleep is your body’s natural repair cycle. Just like you’d take your car to the garage when something breaks, so does your body take itself to the “sleep garage” every night to repair the damage done throughout the day, increasing blood flow to muscles and tissues and releasing growth hormone. The body also detoxifies the blood and rids itself of waste products and dead cells.

Your body is a gift from God, and you need sleep to keep it healthy and strong. Now, let’s find out how you can stop depriving yourself of rest.

Cultivating Great Sleep

Often, we don’t feel motivated to improve our sleep because we feel that it’s wasted time. But when we realize that sleep is God’s design, we’re more driven to improve our sleep health.

Now that you’ve got that motivation, there are a few ways to do this.

The first way to improve your sleep lies in creating a sleep routine. Our bodies and brains thrive on predictability, and so picking a bedtime and sticking to it—yes, even on the weekends—is rule number one. Make sure that you hit the hay early enough to get 7 to 9 hours, depending on your body’s needs.

You can supplement this by engaging in certain activities before bed which can become familiar over time, cuing your brain in that sleep is coming up. Reading is perfect for this, but stick to paper—the light of a screen can trick your brain into daytime-levels of alertness.

Make sure, too, that your environment is cool, dark, and if possible, quiet. This provides an optimal setting to go to sleep and stay asleep.

Besides a great bedtime routine, you can also turn to God for help in sleeping—after all, He did design it. Blatchford writes that besides naturalistic difficulties, spiritual ones can arise as well. Satan and his fellow fallen angels seek to rob us of God’s good gifts. But a great spiritual defense can negate this.

These spiritual attacks can lead to increased fear and anxiety in the night, but we’re anything but helpless. Pray for assistance, and realize the truth: the dark might seem scary, but God created darkness. He owns it. He’s in it, just as He’s there during the day.

Don’t give into thoughts that tell you that you’ll never sleep peacefully—God can give you rest. When you feel the fear set in, just start talking to Him.

Set yourself on the path to a great night’s sleep by taking care of yourself both physically and spiritually. You’ll find that sleep comes much more easily.

The Gift of Rest

If you follow Blatchford’s recommendations, you’ll position yourself to both receive the benefits of dreams, and to enjoy the physical health benefits that come from sleep. All of this is God’s intention, and when we try to reshape this design through our own efforts, we suffer for it.

And so, it’s time to put down your phone, say a prayer, and get in bed at a decent hour.

You’ll find improvement in every area of your life when you win your own personal battle for the night.