As we rush around madly trying to squeeze as much as we can into every waking hour, the latest news that lack of sleep can cause depression, weight gain and even premature death comes as grim reading - especially for men, who are particularly at risk from these effects.
Brain scans have shown that people who meditate are able physically to expand parts of their brains, growing bigger, fatter frontal lobes - the part that controls concentration, attention, focus and where we do much of our analysis of problems.
Praying has similar benefits. U.S. research has shown that people who regularly attend religious services live longer than those who do not. Although some of this benefit must lie in the social connection, scans show the brain responds in a similar way to prayer as it does to meditation.
Rest is not a matter of doing absolutely nothing. Rest is repair.
Philippians 4:7 His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. (TLB)