I got a Fitbit recently. Along with tracking every move I make and (if I tell it) every thing I eat, it also tracks every hour I sleep. (Sorry, but if you want to talk to me about Big Data, that’s a different post.)
At first I found this depressing, but I have more recently been finding it helpful. It answers the question “how much sleep am I getting?” with “not as much as I think.”
Unfortunately, I can’t get Psalm 127:2 out of my head: “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” (Yes, I think in KJV. I also think in Rite I, while we’re at it.)
Why do we find ourselves in a world where what is vain is also what is expected of us? (Yes, our own choices are part of the problem, but not all of the problem.) And what does that mean we should do next?
Just a thought.