ARGENTINA WAS WORRIED about her older brother, since he had not been able to sleep for several days. So many nights without sleeping had had an effect on his physical appearance: he looked gloomy and listless, had no energy, and was anxious. In order to try to help him recover, his family put him in a health center. This was a peasant family, and they needed to have enough energy every morning to work the land. Even though they used all their savings for his treatment, it was worth it. If we are unable to get to sleep and rest well during the night, our whole body is affected, as well as our mental faculties.
There are many similar cases of people whose physical burdens are so difficult, whose worries are so many, and whose suffering is so serious that when they go to bed, they cannot fall asleep. If that is your case, I hope that today’s reflection can be of some help.
You see, our bodies are extraordinary machines that we should know how to optimize. Knowing their cycles (their biological clocks) helps us to get the greatest performance possible out of them. For that, it is useful to know what happens in three main cycles every day:
The elimination cycle, from 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These are the hours in which your body gets rid of the most toxins.
The appropriation cycle, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During this time, the body is more awake and active, as are the processes of digestion and metabolism.
The assimilation cycle, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. It is the cycle for repairing the body. During these hours, the body is revitalizing the cells and the organs, so it is good to be able to rest during this period of time. In this way, we will be able to wake up in the morning reinvigorated, with energy and full mental, physical, and spiritual faculties.
Dear friend, if you are so overwhelmed that you cannot get to sleep, please remember that Jesus has promised to bear your burdens. When you lay your head on the pillow every night, place your burden on Him, ask Him for a good night’s rest, and close your eyes, trusting that He has the power and strength to take charge of your life. Rest through faith in Him and remember that each day has its own trouble.” Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest» (Matthew 11:28).