Americans and Japanese Sleep Less- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

womansleepingAccording to poll results released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), Japan and the United States report the least amount of sleep. Japanese and Americans report sleeping about 30 to 40 minutes less on workdays than those in the other countries surveyed, averaging 6 hours and 22 minutes and 6 hours and 31 minutes of sleep, respectively. Two-thirds of Japanese (66%) say they sleep less than 7 hours on work nights, compared to 53% of Americans, 39% in the United Kingdom, 36% of Germans, 30% of Canadians and 29% of Mexicans.

One in five respondents from the United States (21%), Japan (19%) and the United Kingdom (18%) report sleeping less than six hours a night during the work week, about twice the rate of the other countries (11% Mexico, 10% Germany, 7% Canada,)

To compensate for less sleep, about one-half (51%) of both Japanese and Americans have taken at least one nap in the past two weeks. Every country reported sleeping in on weekends, with an average of an extra 45 minutes of sleep on days they do not work.

finger-paintings-paolo-troilo-6“No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility”- First Century Stoic Philosopher Seneca in his Moral letters to Lucilius

You will never get ahead by throwing everyone else under the bus to save yourself! Boyace Van Harlan Jr.,PhD

The wonderful painting above is by artist Paolo Troilo.  Check out his work!

Relationship and God- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImageWhen you contemplate the thought of relationship and God, everything focalizes and you began to have God’s perspective. Perception is ultimate reality. So then, if I am in a very bad situation and my perspective sees things more positively that coupled with great expectancy always brings me a better outcome. When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray in Matthew 6: 9-13, He began with Our Father and in this He showed them. 1.   He taught them that our heavenly Father is His Father and He loves us similar but better than a loving earthly father. There are two aspects of this ‘Godly fatherhood”. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Acts 17:28). A.  He is our source and through Him we bear His image by creation.  B.   We are all fallen in sin but by rebirth we have been adopted into His spiritual family. (John 3:3-5; 1:12, 13). He is our Father! Because of this, peace and favor is multiplied in our lives and we are able to truly live the abundant life. The more we know God, the more we are transformed into His image and move with Him from glory to glory. In my consecration this week God spoke to me and showed me that when we evoke the presence of God He causes us to enter His rest. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said: Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. KJV In the original text the Greek language puts an emphasis on the final clause of the verse by stating that “I will cause you to rest.” In the Amplified translation of the verse it says: Come to me all you that labor and are heavy-laden and over-burdened. And I will cause you rest! Stop worrying, fretting, and doubting! Enter His rest beloved.