I never really noticed how the time change affected me before, but my sleeping sure has been altered in the last two nights.
I like the fall change because you get an extra hour of sleep … or at least that’s the theory.
In reality, it’s a license to stay up an hour longer … but even that turns into more like two hours.
So I actually get less sleep but only half as much less sleep than if I had stayed up two hours later the night before the time change.
I usually like to get to bed early on Saturday night because I have to preach the next morning. I don’t know why, but this Saturday night I was wide awake, so I stayed up a little longer than I should have.
For some crazy reason, however, I woke up way earlier than normal – at 4:30 a.m.! And I’m not that guy who gets up by my internal clock. I need an alarm or I would keep sleeping.
I just lay there going over my sermon in my head. By the time 6 a.m. rolled around and it was time to get up, I had basically rehearsed my whole sermon in my mind.
If you’re doing the math, no, I don’t preach for an hour and a half; there were gaps and times I struggled to remember what came next.
Surprisingly, when I got up, I didn’t feel tired or like I hadn’t gotten much sleep that night. I did, however, take a rather long nap Sunday afternoon.
I thought it was a fluky thing until this morning. Again I woke up very early, and again I rolled around in bed, this time without a sermon to keep my mind occupied.
I thought of random things for about an hour until my alarm went off and it was time for me to get up.
Now I’m thinking that the time change has affected my sleeping patterns and I hoping it won’t last too long.
I also found out that this time change is a lot more dangerous than I ever imagined it would be.
It turns out there are more accidents on the roads the Monday after a time change.
And then there are the physical problems! Apparently studies show there are more heart attacks, strokes are more frequent, and cases of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also rise.
… Not to mention headaches for those who suffer from them.
They say it all has to do with our circadian rhythm being disrupted. Your circadian rhythm regulates your 24-hour internal clock and it does it based on light.
I don’t know much about all that stuff but I want my rhythm back before something disastrous happens!
Here’s the thing: There are many things that can disrupt your walk with God. It might be sleep, it could be sin, or it could be some distraction that you are focussing on. My advice is to stick with a routine of meeting with God, continue to confess your sin, keep praising Him, keep looking into the scriptures for what He’s saying to you. You will get your rhythm back. Check out what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message by Eugene Peterson); its all right there:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Question: What gets you out of your rhythm with God? Leave your comments below.