Catholic Commute S01E50 5 Reasons why we all need to get sufficient sleep

Insufficient sleep is as bad as insufficient food or water.

Today’s world is crazy and busy from sunup to sundown.  As pressure mounts to get more and more things done, it seems impossible not to simply work longer.  Aside from the ever-increasing demands of work, keeping up with the house and the family only seems to get harder.  We know we don’t want to work longer – but what choice do we have?

In this episode I discuss the reasons why we simply cannot afford to cut back on sleep.  Not only does sleep deprivation actually decrease our net productivity, there are a lot of other consequences as well.  Our overall health, our relationships, and even our happiness are at risk.  Getting the proper sleep, however, can make all these things better.  It’s worth the effort!

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Episode 50: 5 reasons why we all need to get sufficient sleep


Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

Jesus Christ my God, I adore you and thank you for all the graces you have given me this day. I offer you my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I ask you to keep me from sin. I put myself within your sacred side and under the mantle of our Lady. Let your holy angels stand about me and keep me in peace. And let your blessing be upon me. Amen.


  1. Your total productivity will go up.
    1. Story about Sterling’s book
    2. Michael Hyatt
    3. in one study test subjects going on six hours of sleep a night for two weeks functioned at the same level of impairment as someone legally drunk? But those who got eight hours demonstrated no impairment at all. (
    4. Sleep improves our ability to remember, learn, and grow.
      1. I’m sure brain teasers are fine, but adequate sleep is the best learning tool there is.
      2. Our minds are particularly active when we sleep, integrating new information learned during the day, processing memories, and sorting the significant from all the meaningless stuff we pick up. Even dreaming is critical to this process.
      3. If our work depends on our creativity and insight—and whose doesn’t?—then sleep is essential.
    5. Sleep revitalizes our bodies. We all have a body clock. When we ignore its signals to play longer or work more, we create unnecessary stress, and that stress contributes to depression, fatigue, weight gain, high blood pressure, and a lot worse.
    6. Whether we are sleep deprived or not, we lose focus at times. And that is precisely where the sleep deprived person lands in a trap. If we start to lose focus but have received the right amount of sleep, our brain can compensate for that and increase attention. If we are sleep deprived, our brain can’t refocus. (
  2. Your mood will improve
    1. Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thomas Dekker
    2. Jeremiah 31:24-26 And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wander[f] with their flocks.

      25 I will satisfy the weary,
         and all who are faint I will replenish.
      26 Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.
    3. In his book Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath explains that sleep reduces stress chemicals in the brain and dials back the part of the brain that processes emotions. The result is that we can start fresh if we invest in our sleep.
    4. WebMD study: Sufficient sleep improves (
      1. your sex life
      2. Overall mood
      3. Better health
      4. Better memory
      5. Stronger immunity
    5. Huffington post, sleep benefits your mind (
  3. Your relationships will improve.
    1. Need to keep big picture perspectives.  That promotion at work, almost always, is not worth more than your marriage your fatherhood
    2. Enables you to be truly present with people
    3. You have a shorter fuse when tired.
    4. We can all navigate Excel in robot mode with little sleep.  We cannot, however, be truly present to our spouse without it.
    5. Consider all the practical benefits above.  You cannot be the best version of yourself without sleep, period!
  4. Trust in the Lord will enable true rest
    1. Lay your cares at the foot of the cross
    2. Do not pick them back up again
    3. Proverbs 3:21-24 My child, do not let these escape from your sight:
         keep sound wisdom and prudence,
      22 and they will be life for your soul
         and adornment for your neck.
      23 Then you will walk on your way securely
         and your foot will not stumble.
      24 If you sit down,[a] you will not be afraid;
         when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
    4. Story of Jesus calming the storm
    5. Psalm 4:4-8 When you are disturbed,[a] do not sin;
         ponder it on your beds, and be silent.Selah
      5 Offer right sacrifices,
         and put your trust in the Lord.
      6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
         Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
      7 You have put gladness in my heart
         more than when their grain and wine abound.
      8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
         for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
  5. God Himself said we need it
    1. Genesis, 7th day He rested
    2. God created mankind to rest about one-third of their lives. It is a daily reminder of our lack of control and need for surrender.
    3. Job 11:19 (Zophar the Naamathite describing the just man)
      You will lie down, and no one will make you afraid;
         many will entreat your favor.


How do you know if you’re getting enough sleep?

  1. You probably already know – we all go through seasons of much more and much less sleep.  Compare where you are now to the best you’ve known.
  2. Are you consistently unable to focus and groggy?
  3. Try increasing or decreasing for a week
  4. Ask your spouse what they’ve observed
  5. Give up a non-relaxing (aka addictive) diversion.

Eternal Father, I desire to rest in Your Heart this night. I make the intention of offering to You every beat of my heart, joining to them as many acts of love and desire. I pray that even while I am asleep I will bring back to You souls that offend You. I ask forgiveness for the whole world, especially for those who know You and yet sin. I offer to You my every breath and heartbeat as an act of reparation.


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