A study has reinforced the biblical idea that those who forgive have the secret to a good night's sleep.
For many, sleep does not come as easily as it should. According to Statistics Canada, one in three Canadians don't get enough sleep. In the top ten most common sleep aids you'll find, vitamins, exercise, sleeping pills, and various other tips and tricks. One thing that is missed, is the simple act of forgiveness.
The Journal of Psychology and Health conducted a nationally representative American study of 1,423 adults. They looked into the relationship between the forgiveness of others, self-forgiveness, sleep, and health.
Lead researchers said, “If forgiveness of others and self-forgiveness can help people cope with the day’s psychological and emotional burdens in a way that frees one’s mind and promotes a more restful mental state for sleep, then they support the health-related process of sleep in meaningful ways.”
For most Canadians having a refreshing night`s sleep is not often achieved. In fact, Statistics Canada found that almost 50% of Canadians do not have a rejuvenating night's sleep.
Psalm 4:8 says, in peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety." One way we can do that is reinforced by Ephesians 4:31-32: "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Due to the small sample size, this study simply suggests people who practice forgiveness also tend to have a better night's sleep.