sweet sleep

Sweet Sleep. RCCG Sunday School Manual Students


Memory Verse: “The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.” –Ecl. 5:12

Bible Passage: Proverbs 3: 21-24



Sleep is a state of natural muscle relaxation and periodic suspension of consciousness (reduced interaction with surroundings). Like everything else God has made, sleep is good and also be greatly abused. Can we sleep too much, too little, and how important is sleep?


  1. What does the bible say about sleep?
  2. Why is sleep important?

What does the bible say about sleep?

The Bible says good sleep is the result of faith and trust in God. (Psalm 4:8, 127: 2) . Sweet sleep is a reward for good labour. (Ecl. 5:12, Prov. 3:24). Also, Sleep is one of the media through which God communicates with man. (1 Kings 3:5). However, the Bible says it is not good to love sleep (Prov. 20:13); sleep too much (Prov. 6:9-11); sleep at the wrong time (Ecl 3:1; Matt 26:40-46); deprive oneself of sleep for the inordinate ambitious pursuit of wealth (Ecl. 8:16, Psalm 127: 1-2). Sleep is sometimes portrayed as a gift from God in passages such as Prov. 3:24 and Psalms 4:8.

Why sleep is important

Sleep is a good thing. One possible explanation for our need for sleep is that sleep reminds us that we are creatures, not the creator. One physical body must be constantly replenished with food, water, oxygen, and sleep in order to continue functioning. We know that sleeping is part of being a healthy person because Jesus had to sleep just like we do. (Luke 8:23, Mark 1:35). Sleep is a basic human need and is essential for good health, boosts memory, aid the body system against infections, replenishes the body, and improves immune functions. It is also essential for good quality of life and performing well during the day. (better productivity and concentration).
Sometimes, God spoke to people while they sleep through dreams and visions (Mattew 2:13, 1 kings 3:5). Too much sleep,  however, is bad. (Prov. 10:5).
Conclusion: Sleeping at the right time and in the right proportion is good for the health of every believer.

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