Nope. None of the above. Turns out we are busy 'taking out the trash' while we sleep.
A new study claims to have discovered the true reason we need to catch those Zzzzz: To clean our brains. Apparently, sleep hoses the garbage out of the brain.
Maiken Nedergaard, who led the study, says this discovery might explain why sleep is crucial for all living organisms.
"The cerebral spinal fluid flushes the brain's waste products into what is called the 'glymphatic system' which carries it down through the body and ultimately to the liver where it is broken down," writes Ian Sample of S & T Science.
Sort of like a 'biological dishwasher'.
According to Kurzweil News, "This revelation could transform scientists' understanding of the biological purpose of sleep and point to new ways to treat neurological disorders."
Seems the trash in our brains include proteins that cause Alzheimer's and dementia which need to be washed away.
"Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made," as Psalm 139:4 says.
But while all humans may be 'brain-washed' biologically speaking during sleep, the Bible promises those who read it in faith with an entire 'life-style lift', spiritually speaking.
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse here with the washing of the water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5: 25-27 (emphasis added).
In both the New and Old Testament (see Revelation 19:7-9; Hosea 2:29, 20) God's people are viewed as the Lord's betrothed bride.
Revelation 19:8 says, "And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."
In other words, the bride of Christ wears a garment that signifies faithful obedience to God; we must be doers of the Word and not hearers only because:
Reading + Doing = a glorious church - spot or wrinkle
In need of a makeover? Read the Bible.
A wise man once said: "While you do not need to change your lifestyle before you come to Christ, once you do come to Christ, your lifestyle should show tangible changes. If it does not, then one could doubt whether Christ has really come into your life. The way you live should reflect what you believe." -- Pastor Greg Laurie
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