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Fresh country air soothes the nerves, stimulates the appetite, and induces sound refreshing sleep. If you are fighting sickness, fresh air, in combination with the other principles of health, is a powerful remedy. Newsta t Rest A vital part of a healthful lifestyle is getting the right quantity and quality of sleep. This is when the body grows, repairs damage, and restores energy, preparing itself for another day of activity. When the body is deprived of sleep, it is unable to rebuild and recharge itself adequately. There is an increase in irritability, while creativity, concentration and efficiency suffer. Sleep deprivation impairs judgment, causing values and priorities to change. Continued loss of sleep can result in exhaustion, depression, delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations. Losing as little as three hours of sleep in a single night can cut the effectiveness of your immune system in half. Slowed reaction time and decreased concentration lead to an increase in accidents, both fatal and nonfatal. Estimates suggest that as many as 30 percent of fatal automobile accidents are caused by a driver falling asleep at the wheel. In a classic health study it was found that people who regularly slept seven to eight hours each night had a lower death rate than those who slept less than that. In the U.S. fatigue is one of the most common reasons for visiting a physician. Many people have been sleepy for so long that they don’t know what it’s like to feel wide awake. Do you nod off whenever you’re not active, need an alarm clock “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 16 s RADIANT LIVING

to wake up, or sleep longer on your days off ? If so, you are probably not getting enough sleep. Here are some ways to improve the quality of your sleep: 1. Follow a regular exercise program, preferably in the fresh air and sunshine. The body will rest better if it has been active. 2. Don’t eat a heavy evening meal. When the body has to finish the digestion process after you go to bed, you won’t get the proper quality of rest. 3. Have a regular sleeping schedule. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, including weekends. Studies show that the most efficient sleep occurs between 9:00 P.M. and 12:00 midnight. 4. Before bedtime relax your body and mind. Take a warm bath; drink a cup of herbal tea, such as catnip or hops; enjoy some quiet reading or soft music; do something pleasant and soothing. 5. Avoid stimulants like radio, television, tobacco, and caffeine. 6. Avoid upsetting arguments, conversations, and confrontations in the evening. Before bedtime set your worries and anxieties aside. Ask forgiveness and make restitution to those you may have hurt—obtain a clear conscience. 7. Refrain from alcohol; it interferes with the body’s ability to rebuild itself while you are sleeping. Check your medications for side effects that interfere with sleep. 8. A cool, dark, comfortable, tidy, and quiet sleeping area with an abundant supply of fresh air will soothe the body and encourage rest. 9. As you go to sleep, take time to be thankful for the blessings in your life. Our bodies require more than just a daily period of sleep. At creation God provided for a weekly rest, the Sabbath. This gives us a whole day without work, when the week’s cares are set aside for quality time with God and our families. This is indispensable for total health— it’s like an oasis in the midst of our busy lives. If we work continuously, we impose a strain upon our health and set ourselves up for disease. A longer period of recreation and relaxation is also important from time to time to refresh and renew us. Newstar Trust in God What do faith, religion, and trust in God have to do with health? The list of benefits is extensive. Research has shown that spirituality helps to control stress, strengthen the immune system, and protect against heart disease and cancer. Beyond these scientifically verifiable benefits, God promises eternal life to those who trust Him—a life of perfect health and freedom from pain, fear, and death. But can I trust Him? Does He even exist, and if so, does He care about me personally? Before you can trust anyone—God or man—you have to get to know him, observe his personality and character, communicate and interact with him, and consider how he treats others and whether he keeps his promises. Before you can trust God, you need to become acquainted; talk, listen, and work with Him; investigate how He deals with His children. He longs to develop a close personal relationship with you. He invites RADIANT LIVING s 17

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