How many of you find yourself sleeping in because you stayed up too late the night before? Whether you were at a party with your family or friends, or stayed on your electronic devices, or watched movies, or maybe you were doing a last minute homework assignment, sometimes it’s really hard to go to bed at a decent time. For some reason I become distracted at night and don’t get enough sleep.
One day I read a scripture found in Doctrine & Covenants 88:124: “Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.” (D&C 88:124.) I never realized that many spiritual blessings are given to those who get enough rest.
Last year I was a sophomore in high school. I stayed up late every night doing my homework. I usually felt tired and grumpy every morning. I had Seminary first period and often found myself zoning out, or even laying my head against the desk. My lack of sleep prevented me from feeling the Spirit. School, seminary and church were miserable to wake up for because I had not rested enough. I also noticed that temptations became more attractive to me. My mind was tired and weary all the time and I didn’t think clearly.
I didn’t want to feel this way anymore. I decided to put that scripture in Doctrine & Covenants to the test and it changed my life! About half way through the year I decided to come home and start immediately on my homework. I went to bed earlier, so I could get 8 hours of sleep. I began to notice that when I went to seminary I was peaceful and excited to learn. I could feel the Spirit in my class. I went to school with an open mind, and had the energy to learn. I got better grades, my attitude was brighter and happier, and I noticed people more and wanted to make them feel important. Everything I was struggling with before became enjoyable, all because I changed that one habit –sleep.
I know our Heavenly Father wants us, as his children, to have an open mind and an open heart so we can receive his teachings. He is always teaching us something, but are we listening or are we too tired? He created our bodies, and they need proper rest so our bodies and our minds may be invigorated and help us lead our best life possible.