Day 17 October 2019

Rest and sleep

Scripture Reference: “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.” – Psalm 127:2

Scientists have done a lot of research on rest and sleep, but we still don’t really know why we need to sleep. We do, however, know that regular periods of rest and sleep are vital to our personal well-being. Being deprived of sleep is dangerous: it limits our ability to do things like drive and can also make us ill.

Of course, everyone’s needs for sleep differ slightly. Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, famously claimed to need only four hours sleep every night, and more recently, there has been almost an epidemic amongst CEOs claiming kudos for early rising. What is important is to be aware of your personal sleep patterns, and ensure that you get enough sleep on a regular basis to function effectively.

The exact reasons why we need to sleep remain a mystery.  However, it is known that in order for humans (and many other species) to be able to function optimally, periods of sleep are required. During periods of sleep our bodies repair muscle and our mind stores, organises and links memories.  At the same time, important hormones that control essential bodily functions are regulated in the bloodstream, our immune systems are strengthened, and the risk of serious diseases is reduced.

Lots of changes occur in the body and mind when we awake from sleep. These changes will vary with the quality and duration of the sleep received. Waking from early stages of sleep is different from waking after a full uninterrupted quality sleep when the body has had time to complete a successful sleep cycle.

When we wake our heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate all rise as does our body temperature.  Various hormone levels change, notably, cortisol (the stress hormone) rises to enhance the feeling of alertness in the morning.  Our major internal organs switch to ‘wake mode’ and begin to function optimally.

The waking process can take a little time before we feel refreshed and ready to go, and it is normal to feel sleepy for a little while after waking from a deep sleep. Although our knowledge of exactly why we sleep is lacking, we do know a lot about the effects of not sleeping, too little sleep and/or low quality sleep.

Our overall quality of life can be seriously affected by lack of quality sleep and this can heavily influence how we behave and perform, how we feel and even how we look.

Daily digest: “People who had trouble falling asleep each night were three times more likely to develop heart failure than those who reported no trouble sleeping.” (European Heart Journal)

Prayer: Dear Lord, continue to walk beside me as I progress, and strive to become a better, stronger person in You. Guide my actions, my thoughts, my words, my deeds.

Achieve Greatness DevotionalChurchEncouragementInspiration

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WhatsApp chat

We cater to the spiritual needs of children who are no longer “children ” and not yet teenagers. Teaching them the Bible in ways that are applicable to their present age group.
For more information, email -

The GIC MEDICAL TEAM comprises of medical and paramedical personnel of the church including medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other relevant fields involved in health care.
For more information, email -

The vision of The Praise Gang is to raise TRUE WORSHIPPERS in and around the four walls of the church. We are passionate about worship, and embrace the values and impact that it contributes to God’s kingdom.
For more information, email -

Sanctuary Keepers is a department focused on cleaning and ensuring Global Impact Church is conducive for service and programmes at all times. The cleaning of the facility occurs on Saturdays and quality checks are carried out on Sundays during/ in-between services.
For more information, email -

The emergency response team is saddled with the responsibility of providing preventive safety measures, carrying out safety audit and training where required, carry out emergency response and provide support to ministry groups in Global Impact Church premises.
For more information, email -

Traffic Unit also known as Grand Marshall is the service unit of Global Impact Church responsible for the smooth flow of vehicular traffic within the GIC Campus and other facilities, and adjacent roads.
For more information, email -

The Powerhouse team is the praying arm of Global Impact Church. We believe the coming together of believers multiply the effect of their individual prayers.
For more information, email -


THE PLACE is a fun, God learning and faith development church for teens between the ages of 14-19. THE PLACE interacts with teens on every and any topic in a relaxed and personal level bringing God’s perspective on all things relating to teens through the bible in a refreshing and practical way.
For more information, email -

221, Mount Olimpus, Rheasilvia, Mars,
Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy
+1 (999) 999-99-99
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.


The Business and Career group is an arm of Global Impact Church set up to empower entrepreneurs and career focused individuals in the church on recognising their gifts and the potentials that God has deposited in them, developing those potentials and apply them effectively in their daily business or career endeavours.
For more information, email -

Business & Career Group

We are Christ-like minds with a goal to make a difference; by creating awareness and building human capacity to fill the gaps and mend the brokenness in our political space.
For more information, email -

Good Governance Group

GIC Singles Network

A strong community of individuals from ages 20 and above who are committed to making the best of their life and maximising their single hood. We represent over 40% of adults in church hence we’re too large to ignore and too valuable to waste.
For more information, email -

Fruitful Vines

We are here by God’s grace to join our voices in prayers, worship and thanksgiving for every woman trusting God for the fruit of the womb. We believe in Exodus 23:26 “no one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren…” and we are confident that God is faithful to perform His words.
For more information, email -

Couples Fellowship

  1. Love Bird (0-3 Years in Marriage) Coordinator: Pastor & Mrs Seyi Alaigbe
  2. RUBY (4 -10 Year in Marriage) Coordinator: Mr & Mrs  Olanikpekun
  3. EMERALD: (11- 20 Years in Marriage) Coordinator : Mr & Mrs John Oseyili
  4. CLASSIC (20 Years and above) Coordinator: Pastor Dambo
For more information, email -

Joyful Mums

Joyful Mums is a group for the pregnant and nursing mothers. The group pray and educate pregnant and nursing mothers on the issues relating to childbearing.
For more information, email -

Sports provides a common ground that cuts across culture, class, age group and language barrier to build friendship and relationship.
Sports outreach programs include; Competitions, Aerobics and Big screen Centre. Competitions e.g, Football, basket ball, Table Tennis, Teen and Family games, GIC worker’s game, e.t.c. Aerobics exercise daily or weekly helps keep the body fit.
For more information, email -

Sports Group

Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.

Service Time
Wednesdays - 6:30 PM | Sundays - 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM


Service Time
Sundays - 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM | Wednesdays - 6:30 PM


Service Time
Sundays - 4:00PM


Service Time
Wednesday - 6:30 PM | Sundays - 9:00 AM