Do We Really "Need" a Full 8 Hours of Sleep?
So I happen to catch a celebrity make a powerful statement about why it's not best to sleep a full 8 hours. In fact, they made a reference by saying "rich people don't sleep a full 8 hours". They went on by adamantly expressing how 8 hours is 1/3 of your life. Then while referencing the time difference between West coast vs. East coast, the celebrity encouraged us to reduce our hours of sleep for the mere fact other businesses and companies have been up and running while we were sleeping.
When I first watched the clip, I immediately thought there's probably some truth to this. Well anyone who knows me well, knows I'm hands down an analytical thinker. That said, I found myself pondering over this theory and then remembered the celebrity making an even greater and profound statement at the end by saying... the Bible states "He who loves to sleep and the folding of hands, poverty will set upon you like a thief in the night".
I found myself intrigued and quickly logged onto my Logos Bible app to read this verse (Proverbs 20:13) for full understanding and unfortunately walked away with disappointment. The disappointment derived from the celebrity's inaccurate interpretation. This actually reminded me of another common misinterpretation I've heard others make which is "Money is the root of all evil". When in fact, the verse states "For the love of money is the root of all evil..." (1 Timothy 6:10). In this case, the verse this celebrity mentioned states "Do not love sleep, or you will become poor. Open your eyes, and you will be filled with food." - NLV.
Listen, I don't claim to be one who has extensive knowledge about physical health. However, on a personal stand, when it comes to our health I think it's extremely important to place our health above money. To add, I'm sure our heavenly Father wouldn't want us walking around sleep-deprived for the sake of chase money. Just sayin!
So when it's all said and done, whether you hold scripture, financial stability or your health sacredly, I think having a healthy balance is key.