This month’s edition of the National Geographic magazine has an article on sleep. The author interviewed a William Dement, and asked him what he knew, after 50 years of research, about the reason we sleep. His response: “As far as I know, the only reason we need to sleep that is really, really solid is because we get sleepy.”
My aim isn’t to bash science and scientists, like some Christians are wont to do. However, I can’t help but smile when the Creator confounds His creation. Here’s one way I think the Bible answers the journalist’s question: sleep is a reminder from God of our dependence on Him. He’s the One who never slumbers nor sleeps. We need to sleep; a lack of it would literally kill us.
I also find it interesting that in the new heavens and new earth there will be no night, from which it can be inferred that there’ll no longer be a need for sleep. Hmmm… that means I need to enjoy all my sleep in this life!