The Importance of Rest

People don’t get enough sleep. If they did, they wouldn’t have to sleep on the train or bus during their commute. Hopefully, people who drive to work don’t attempt the same, although sometimes people do fall asleep at the wheel.

Rest is similar to sleep.

You need to get enough sleep. This will help you feel refreshed. However, rest can be extended to include taking a break, even when you are awake. For instance, you probably have heard personal trainers say take a rest, although they don’t do this as often as we’d like. Sometimes, getting rest can be as simple as watching television or reading a book. Your mind is busy with the day’s events and unwinding can be attributed to your rest. To further the idea of exercise, you need to let your body rest when using weights. The muscles break down and need time to build back up. Without rest, those muscles develop incorrectly and in the long term can lead to problems. Pros suggest working with weights every other day, three days a week. If you are doing cardio exercise, and you should, you need to make sure you take rest periods here as well. For instance, when you use the treadmill, it’s okay to increase the speed and the elevation for short periods, but then rest in between intervals. You will get much more out of your cardio workout when you do this.

Substances such as alcohol and drugs can interrupt your rest. For instance, if you drink more than two drinks of alcohol, you may fall asleep faster but you will wake up in the middle of the night. It will be more difficult to get back to sleep because you were in such a deep sleep. Drugs alter sleep and rest patterns as well. When you abuse drugs, you are putting your body on a roller-coaster ride which disrupts your normal routine.

Your diet can mess with your ability to rest as well.

If you constantly eat spicy foods or the wrong types of foods, your stomach will experience distress. It’s quite difficult to get any rest when this happens. You may take antacids to alleviate the distress, but this should not be looked upon as a long-term solution. Rest and sleep are both ways to recharge your mind and your body. Without it, you will be irritable and you could be putting your health in danger.

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