Participants: Curtis & Paula Eakins
Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL000208A
00:01 The American population takes over
00:02 60 million prescriptions for sleeping pills everyday.
00:06 However, there's been a body growing evidence
00:08 that sleeping pills also increase your risk of death.
00:12 What can be done?
00:13 Well, today's program is entitled
00:15 "Seeking Shut Eye." We'll be right back.
00:42 Hi, welcome to "Abundant Living."
00:44 This is Curtis Eakins your co-host,
00:46 which means I have another host with me as well.
00:49 And that would be Paula Eakins. Oh, okay.
00:52 But you do honey. Okay.
00:53 You were just about to say your name
00:54 but I just jumped right in front of you, right.
00:57 Yeah, you got, you were hesitating little bit
00:59 as though you were wondering and then you threw it in. Yeah.
01:01 I was just getting ready to throw out.
01:02 But now, you want to say your name
01:03 because I just like to hear you talking away.
01:05 Say your name, you can still you do it.
01:08 You're not going to do it. We're fine.
01:11 Let's go with the "Seeking Shut Eye."
01:13 Let's move on with the- with shutting the eyes.
01:15 What did you say?
01:16 Well, it's "Seeking Shut Eye" but we'll close our eyes too.
01:19 And seeking is definitely something.
01:20 You're checking for leaks.
01:22 Seeking is definitely something that is definitely needed.
01:26 Oh, yes. You know.
01:27 Your sleeping pills, I mean,
01:28 they're growing at an increasing rates.
01:31 Sleeping pills, people are taking that all the times
01:33 so it's been like I say it before,
01:35 growing by the evidence that
01:37 there's now been a increase of death,
01:40 those who are taking sleeping pills.
01:42 Medical journal, just came out recently
01:43 the British Medical Journal.
01:44 So Time Magazine, I mentioned that as well.
01:47 So now this is a series,
01:49 ah, running series on the eight natural remedies.
01:54 And Seventh-day Adventist Christians
01:56 have embraced the eight natural remedies
01:58 who're doctors for many years.
02:00 Which is the reason why, many of us live longer
02:03 and have a increased measure of health I should say.
02:08 But now those individuals may not understand
02:10 or may not have heard of the eight natural remedies.
02:13 So, honey, let's walk in through
02:14 what are those eight natural remedies
02:16 and how can you learn about or remember them.
02:20 Well, the you know the eight natural remedies are-
02:22 it's actually an acronym.
02:23 The acronym is actually 'NEWSTART.'
02:26 And the 'N' stands for nutrition,
02:28 the 'E' for exercise, the 'W' for water,
02:32 the 'S' for sunshine, the 'T' for temperance,
02:39 the 'A' for air, the 'R' for rest
02:42 and the 'T' for trust in divine guidance.
02:45 I don't want to get out of order
02:46 because I know some of you have been watching this show.
02:48 And you said that we're supposed to spell 'NEWSTART.'
02:51 So what's happening here, what's happening here,
02:53 I don't want to confuse you, I don't want to confuse you.
02:55 So it's the sunshine, the temperance,
02:57 the air and rest and trust in divine guidance.
02:59 And once again trust in divine guidance
03:02 is actually the way in which to be able
03:04 to do any of those, eight natural remedies.
03:06 And there was a gentleman that had a hard time
03:07 trying to remember it the whole acronym.
03:11 And he actually coined that 'NEWSTART.'
03:13 And along with that it's been easy to remember
03:15 but it's in both books- Ministry of Healing
03:17 which is written by Ellen G. White
03:18 and also Counsels on Health.
03:20 And so we going be talk a little bit more about that as well.
03:23 Now you know, we always talk
03:24 about these eight natural remedies. That's true.
03:27 And we want to definitely look at the-
03:29 we call the two references
03:31 and number uno, the very first reference.
03:33 And that reference is God Himself.
03:35 Yes, we'll be using God's word, that's correct honey.
03:39 That is the standard of truth
03:40 in our series here at ''Abundant Living.''
03:42 And then the second reference
03:44 is the author, the co-founder
03:46 of Seventh-day Adventist church, Ellen G. White,
03:48 which actually that 'NEWSTART' came from that author.
03:53 She says that there are many ways
03:55 of practicing the healing arts,
03:57 there is only one way that heaven approves.
03:58 And then the next sentence
04:00 she list those eight natural remedies.
04:02 So we're covering those eight natural remedies
04:04 and of course, today is rest, "Seeking Shut Eye."
04:09 I'll tell you there are so many people that are so stressed out.
04:14 Whether its, they're not getting enough rest
04:16 or the fact that there is a lot of stuff going on in your life.
04:19 So that's seeking that shut eye is so important,
04:21 so key. Yes, it is.
04:22 So let's look at what does God's word
04:24 have to really say about sleep.
04:27 Well let's turn to the Word of God.
04:28 Ecclesiastes 5:12,
04:32 Ecclesiastes 5:12, hopefully you have your Bibles handy
04:35 because we're going to be looking at God's Word
04:38 throughout this series.
04:39 The Bible says "The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,
04:45 whether he eat little or much
04:48 but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep."
04:54 Or not permit him to sleep, the rich.
04:57 I think I'll read this text honey.
04:59 You know, Jesus said that it would be harder for rich man
05:01 to enter to the kingdom of God
05:03 than the camel go through the eye of a needle.
05:06 I think a lot of times wealth,
05:08 people have a tendency to rely on their wealth,
05:11 their money as far as their support
05:15 as opposed to relying on Jesus Christ,
05:18 their personal Savior.
05:19 So I think with that in mind there tend to be more anxiety,
05:23 more stress because money is not permanent.
05:27 You cannot really count on your wealth or money.
05:30 Therefore a lot of times people may be worry
05:33 or stressed up because of the wealth
05:34 that they may have and they rely on that as well.
05:37 So that's why the Bible says that the labor man is sweet.
05:41 So, you know, working will be fine,
05:43 that helps you to go to sleep but again the rich
05:47 they would not be permitted to go to sleep.
05:50 So I think the Word of God is clearer far as-
05:52 Now if you have money, you can still
05:54 believe on Jesus Christ, it's still just the same.
05:57 Well, I think there's some truth in this text as well.
06:00 Now, with that in mind,
06:01 let's go to Proverbs 3:24, Proverbs 3:24.
06:09 And the Word of God says this "When thou liest down,
06:13 thou shalt not be afraid, yea, thou shalt lie down,
06:18 and thy sleep shall be sweet.
06:21 Be not afraid of sudden fear,
06:24 neither of desolation of the wicked when it cometh.
06:27 For the Lord shall be thy confidence,
06:31 and shall keep thy foot from being taken."
06:35 So let's rely on Christ our confidence
06:38 and not be afraid.
06:41 He has our back and He would be our real rear guard.
06:44 And so therefore, with that in mind
06:46 thus rely on Christ to protect us.
06:49 Because lot of people they worry,
06:50 they are fearful, they are afraid
06:52 and they cannot go to sleep and have a restful sleep.
06:55 So the Word of God is clear as far as going back
06:58 to God's Word and going back to relying on Christ,
07:02 our Lord, Savior in Jesus Christ in His protection for us.
07:06 We know the trivial thing that we ever get
07:08 is proper sleep. That's true.
07:09 Whether you worry about your bills
07:10 or worry about your children
07:12 or your job or you know your home,
07:14 all kind of things that can get us worked up. Right.
07:16 When its time to actually lie down to go to sleep. Yes.
07:20 I found for myself that it's just better to pray
07:25 before I go to bed and then just let God takeover.
07:28 Because, you know, worried about everything
07:30 it could happen while you're sleep at night, you know.
07:32 I always say that its funny
07:33 because we have our doors locked.
07:35 deadbolts on, all that stuff around,
07:37 alarm systems and everything.
07:38 But really and truly if somebody want to get in,
07:40 they can get in. They can get in.
07:41 So God always say, God has angels
07:44 that stay around our home 24/7. 24/7.
07:49 So I don't even get myself worked up about that part.
07:51 And I know once I prayed and thank Him for that day.
07:54 That is easier for me to just lie down and go to sleep.
07:57 And the Bible says, "We have sweet sleep." Absolutely.
08:00 And the other one says,
08:01 "A labor man sleep is also sweet."
08:05 So both references relates to sleep being sweet.
08:09 Sweet, ah.
08:11 Well, what about Ellen White our Christian author
08:14 and she talks about sleep as well.
08:16 Well, she does and this is one place
08:19 where we're going to mention also about
08:21 the importance of air, fresh air.
08:23 We want to mention that in American Idle
08:25 but we ran out of time.
08:26 So we're going to mention here in this program here.
08:29 Let's go to the screen and see
08:30 what she says about sweet dreams.
08:34 "Air...will prove a precious soother of nerves,
08:39 imparting a degree of serenity
08:42 and induces sound sweet sleep."
08:47 Counsels on Health, page 60. Wow.
08:49 So again you have a lot of sweet sleep going around.
08:52 You have laboring man working produces sweet sleep.
08:57 Trusting on God to protect, he produces sweet sleep.
09:00 Now, we have the fresh air.
09:03 The sooth, the nerves and also produces sound sweet sleep.
09:09 And you've to unpack that.
09:11 You have to unpack that part right there
09:13 about how does that the fresh air.
09:15 What part does that play in giving you sound sleep?
09:18 Well, when the fresh air comes in.
09:19 Now we must have the fresh air and this author goes on to say
09:23 that in our sleeping course in a bedroom
09:25 that the window should be open.
09:28 At least a crack or so
09:29 particularly, now hold on to the seat belts. Yeah.
09:32 Particularly in the winter time. Oh, oh.
09:36 Because what happens is that in the winter time
09:38 it gets cold, we turn up the heat.
09:40 And heat wipes the vitality of the air.
09:43 So what we're doing, we're breathing in stale air
09:46 because there's no fresh air coming in.
09:48 So when we open up the window that fresh air comes in.
09:52 And we're more refresh in the morning time.
09:54 Now, she does say this author goes on to say
09:56 that the winter should not be at the head of the bed.
10:00 But you'll have a direct drape because you'll catch a cold.
10:03 The winter should be either at the side
10:05 or at the foot of the bed.
10:06 So in your bedroom if the head of your bed is the window there.
10:13 One or two things you need to do,
10:15 either move your bed or move your window,
10:20 whichever is easier or turn your bed around.
10:25 So the window is at the foot. Okay.
10:27 We've done that too. Yes, we have.
10:29 Okay, More I can say about that but the air is very vital
10:33 in producing sound refreshing sweet sleep.
10:38 Well, you know the thing I know one time
10:40 we've done a presentation and someone said.
10:41 "I can't open my windows up
10:43 and be sleeping all night long my windows are open-"
10:45 Someone may be standing in the bedroom looking at you.
10:47 So, you know, it's always amazing.
10:49 You know, but the thing is that I made a comment
10:50 as you know while we were in home in daytime,
10:52 we can open our windows up
10:54 and let the air go through the house
10:57 and at our sleeping quarters
10:58 and close them back down at evenings,
11:00 so we gonna be good.
11:01 And then also if you have an adjacent,
11:03 if you're on a second storey,
11:04 you can always like that bathroom area.
11:06 You can open your bathroom window
11:07 let the air come on through there as well. Yeah.
11:09 So there's all kind of ways to actually get in
11:11 that sound refreshing sleep honestly that- Yes.
11:15 The fresh air is the name of the game.
11:17 But I do have to say that when I first got married to Curtis,
11:22 that was back in a day.
11:23 Okay, now back in day means what.
11:24 Okay, that was back in a day, that was a long time ago.
11:26 18 years ago. Its was, yeah.
11:28 And when I got married to Curtis,
11:31 I had my window up, it was up,
11:33 it was up a little bit like that.
11:35 Now we got married in the winter time, January 2nd.
11:37 January 2nd. So it was cold.
11:38 Yeah. It was very cold.
11:40 So I had the window up like that.
11:41 And then but also I had blanket I mean the sheet
11:47 and then the blanket over that.
11:49 And then I had comforter over top of that.
11:51 And the electric blanket too, didn't you.
11:52 Right, electric blanket then a comforter, four.
11:55 And so it was not comfortable for Curtis.
11:59 So I had to really pray about opening the window little more.
12:05 And its amazing because once I actually opened the windows
12:09 that we open up more and more
12:10 and more and more by degree,
12:11 we finally got to a point where we didn't have
12:13 to have the heating blanket,
12:15 I don't know when last time I had a heating blanket on a bed.
12:17 And the comforter is out of the bed
12:19 and then the light sheet is actually on the bed now
12:22 and that's even in the winter time,
12:23 so it's amazing. Yes.
12:24 Not to mention it actually causes your electric bill
12:26 to go down, down, down.
12:28 And let me explain it because people think
12:30 while in the winter time, opening the window,
12:32 my electric bill goes up.
12:33 Actually it goes down because what happens is
12:34 when the fresh air comes in it increases your circulation.
12:38 More blood flow so keeps the body warm. Yes.
12:41 Winding up turning the thermostat down.
12:43 So in the long run you actually save.
12:45 That's it, that's it, that's it.
12:46 So fresh air is good. Fresh air is good.
12:48 Now, we're talking about "Sleeping Shut Eye." Yeah, okay.
12:51 So you know, the question,
12:52 the next question is what about hormones
12:53 because, you know, how does that work
12:55 as far as the hormones in the body
12:57 when you're talking about getting enough sleep.
12:59 Yeah, okay.
13:01 There's two hormones in a body,
13:02 we're going to talk about its called leptin and ghrelin.
13:07 Leptin is a hormone that's produced from fat cells,
13:11 that lets the brain know that we're full.
13:14 Ghrelin is a hormone that is produced in a stomach
13:17 that let us know that we're hungry and we need to eat.
13:20 Now, when we stay up late at night.
13:26 Ghrelin is increased signaling us to eat.
13:32 And leptin is reduced signaling that we're full.
13:35 So by staying up late, we actually eat more
13:40 based on the hormone production.
13:42 There was a study done and let's go to the screen at this time
13:44 because there's something will happen in the study
13:47 that people eat more calories.
13:50 Let's go to screen at this time.
13:53 The sleep deprived equals weight gain.
13:56 The sleep deprived group consumed an average
14:00 of 549 additional calories each day.
14:06 And this took place at the Minnesota Obesity Clinic
14:09 there in Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
14:13 And so they had two groups
14:14 and of course those who were sleep deprived
14:17 of 6 hours or less.
14:18 They actually ate more because of those hormones,
14:22 leptin was reduced and ghrelin was increased.
14:24 So those who are sleep deprived,
14:26 they have a tendency to have a more challenging ability
14:31 to control one's weight. And that's not a good thing.
14:34 Now, that's not good. That's not a happy thing.
14:36 So we need to go to bed.
14:40 When you say go to bed. Okay now so.
14:42 Okay, now so what time exactly is the best time to go to bed?
14:47 Okay, well, lets go to our author,
14:49 let's have our author Ellen G. White
14:52 share with us what she suggests
14:55 we should do when its time to go to bed.
14:57 Let's go to this, this should be a eye opener,
15:00 Best time to sleep.
15:03 "Two hours of good sleep before midnight
15:09 is worth more than four hours of sleep after midnight."
15:16 Therefore that two hours of sleep
15:19 that 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock midnight
15:22 is actually more advantageous
15:24 than sleeping from midnight to 4 o'clock in morning
15:26 even though you're sleeping half the time.
15:28 So that period is very critical as far as sleep is concerned.
15:32 Now if we go to bed, let's say at 12 o'clock
15:34 then we've missed that two hour of that
15:36 important sleep from 10 to 12.
15:39 Now it doesn't mean that if you just stay up
15:40 until 9:59 and jump in bed.
15:43 I mean you go to bed at 9:30 or 9 o'clock, that's fine.
15:46 But the point- okay,
15:48 but the point it is that the earlier the sleep,
15:52 the better we'll have and have more of a restful sleep
15:55 throughout rest of the day.
15:57 Now I noted somebody said that he say,
16:00 don't go to bed at 9:59.
16:03 Oh, I know that you're saying to yourself
16:08 is he talking about the 9 o'clock timeframe
16:10 and not getting into bed before 10 o'clock.
16:11 I got too much stuff going on for all that to happen.
16:14 Yeah. There's just no way.
16:15 But really and truly I have found
16:18 when I stay up late, I'm no good in the morning.
16:24 The earlier I go to bed,
16:25 the better I am going to feel for long journey.
16:27 And I have some friends, they also say things
16:29 like they will go to bed and then he wake up
16:31 like two or three in the morning
16:32 and then he get up and he starts studying
16:34 or he will go start cooking and doing something else.
16:36 I said, no it's a good idea just to stay in the bed.
16:39 Don't get up, okay.
16:41 So that whole idea of the body
16:44 and what the body is doing and hormones and everything.
16:46 What about what other things that the body get up to do
16:48 as far as the rhythm.
16:49 Well probably going,
16:50 probably I'd be talking more about that in the kitchen
16:52 because we think we've run out of time.
16:54 We're going to do some cooking in the kitchen,
16:56 aren't we?. Yeah.
16:57 So we probably need to finish that in the kitchen then.
16:59 We're talking about sleep and sweet sleep.
17:02 How about we have a sweet dessert.
17:04 Oh, all right.
17:06 Okay, we're going to do a soaking cherub cake
17:09 and we're going to do a vanilla cream that go on top of it.
17:12 So you want to get your paper and pencil.
17:13 We're not finished with the subject yet.
17:15 Paper, pencil in the kitchen, we'll see you.