A Challenge for Better Sleep

I want to be a sleep cat

“I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”

– Psalm 4:8

Our friends over at RuahSpace are offering a cool free prayer and Christian Yoga series aimed at improving your sleep.

Pastor Phil Vestal is a regular guest on our PODcast and in our weekly sessions. His Christ-Centered yoga and spiritual practices ministry have been an inspiration to me and PraXis project. Basically, Pastor Phil convinced me that it’s OK for Christians to do yoga (or at least, it’s OK for THIS Christian.) Now I’m even taking a yoga instructor training.

This new program he is offering is free on YouTube, but it also has a component on his membership-based website. The challenge runs Sept 13-19. It only takes a few minutes before bed. (It ends just as our own wellness change begins, conveniently 🙂

Jamie and I get pretty rough sleep. I recently even went to a Pulmonologist to see if I had sleep apnea. He gave me a very uncomfortable wiggly mask to wear on my forehead and over my nose all night. We just an a Zoom conference this week. “The good news is,” he said. “You don’t have sleep apnea. The bad news is, if you don’t have sleep apnea, there isn’t much I can do for you.”

We are now looking at isolating more subtle elements, such a MORE exercise, regular sleep times, lowering caffeine. The usual. We all know that exercise can be critical for better sleep.

Phil sites a US Department of Health survey that indicates that people who practice yoga get better sleep. If you follow this blog that’s not going to be a big surprise. What will be interesting to see if Christ-centered yoga and prayer practice specifically designed for sleep can help even more.

Consider signing up. Jamie and I will be doing it. We’ll certainly let you know how it goes.

Published by Cornelius Swart

Masters Candidate, Vancouver School of Theology

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