Culturally, we talk a lot about stress, tiredness and the need for more sleep. We also conflate sleep with rest and think of it as the same thing. However, if you’ve ever had an experience where despite getting the recommended eight hours you still feel tired, then it’s possible that you’re not actually getting the rest you need.
Rest is a complicated thing and lots of elements play into it. In fact, sleep itself has a lot of things that contribute to its quality and effectiveness. However, rest and sleep are not the same thing.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith has done an inspiring Tedx Talk discussing this topic. She explains how there are seven different types of rest that we all need in varying different degrees. That includes:
It’s an interesting thought that will likely resonate with lots of us, but may also be a reassuring answer to that ongoing question: ‘why am I so tired?’
There is a huge and increasing amount of research into stress and sleep, as well as a collective realisation that there’s something of a national crisis going on when it comes to burnout. That’s not just because of the pandemic, but in many ways it has been exacerbated and made much more evident by the strains of the last year.
In 2017, Dr Oz, surgeon and TV doctor, told the Global Wellness Institute that sleep is the “single biggest under appreciated health problem.” Gwyneth Paltrow has weighed in on the subject with her Clean Sleep philosophy, and sleep specialist Tej Semani previously highlighting to us the contribution that diet, temperature, exercise and routine, all have on our sleep quality alone.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s insights are interesting and reassuring, providing tangible solutions that we can begin to build into our lives if we feel tired, even as we work from home. Suggestions include:
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