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There are so many sleep quotes out there that thinking of one to use was a whole other thing. I however remember one that used to amuse me terribly while I in school. Our Headmaster at the time had a famous scripture that was his motto for spurring kids to wake up for morning prep;

Proverbs  6
 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,

she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
    and want like an armed man.
Of course at that age one wonders if reading at 6am was really that big a deal considering most people slept right through the prep. His emphasis was usually verse 10 but I enjoyed reading from verse 6 as it puts things a little more into perspective.

At this age, I now know for a fact that sleep is a robber of time; especially when it becomes a luxury! I have friends who are always between sleep and planning their next sleep marathon and honestly, I never get it. Given the number of hours I sleep, I always feel like I’m losing too much time.

Don’t get me wrong; sleep is very important. It really is but one has to moderate it. How does a grown human being sleep for 10-12 hours every day? That’s one whole day lost in just two nights of sleep! Does that not bother you? And if not, why does it not bother you?

Is it just that life is not all that or do you believe that you will somehow create that time in the future? I think a young person should get 6-8hours of sleep on average. I hear you saying

“What! My body needs more than that!”

No! You tell yourself that because you’re looking for an excuse to stay in bed instead of using your time more productively. The amazing thing is we all have the same 24hours a day but what we do with it is totally dependent on each of us. No one is measuring who has achieved what at what age because our journeys are not the same but you can gauge how productive you are being with the time that you have.

Some of us don’t even pray because we never make the time and besides we believe ‘God will understand’. After all, God knows that we’re tired. We spend too much time doing nothing with what should be our productive hours and then start to complain about exhaustion when serious things need to be done.

Your time belongs to you. Make it count. Prioritise, allocate it wisely and bear in mind that whatever time you lose, you will never re-gain!

That texting, Whatsapping, pointless scrolling through social media can wait for your less productive hours to entertain you, if it’s entertainment you’re looking for.  Instead of gaping at other people’s accomplishments on your productive time, make an effort to accomplish your own things.

Use your time wisely.


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