Updated: Sep 4, 2021
The 7 Types of Rest:
1. Physical Rest:
This is what most people will think of when they think of rest. This includes sleeping and napping. However this can also include more active means of rest such as yoga, stretching, and physical therapy. It is important to get the right amount of quality sleep so that your body can function at its peak ability. Sleep helps restore your energy and repair muscle. For adults it is recommended to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night according to the National Heart, Lung, and blood Institute.
Tips for Better Sleep
Do not drink coffee or use items with nicotine. Caffeine stimulates your body and may stop it from relaxing and if taken within 6 hours of bed time may significantly worsen sleep quality. Sorry Cigarette users, but we have an alternative for you. If you feel the need to smoke before bed, try our Hemp cigarettes or other hemp smokables.
Read a book instead of using an electronic device such as a phone, tablet, television or computer. It is recommended to give yourself about an hour before bed for your mind and body to relax.
Try taking a relaxing bath or shower. Try some of our great bath products to help boost the effects.
Set a sleep schedule and be consistent every day of the week and we do not just mean during the work week. Keep daytime naps to 30 minutes or less.
Try some over the counter sleep aids such as products with Melatonin or CBN. Melatonin is widely known and popular to help promote healthy REM sleep. CBN is also believed by many to offer relief to people. Check out our selection of sleep relief products for a quality night sleep. Our Favorite are the Delta 8 & CBN Gummies.
If over the counter sleep aids do not help, try talking to your doctor as it may be signs of a sleep disorder.
2. Mental Rest
As the name implies, your mind needs time to wind down and relax. Performing tasks such as yoga or meditation can help your mind be at ease. Even just taking a moment of zen in which you just stop doing everything and clear your mind can help. Try listening to music or curling up with your favorite pet. Do activities that make you happy and less stressed.
3. Sensory Rest
Optimize your bedroom environment. Noise from outside such as traffic or dogs barking can cause poor sleep. Silence your cell phone or turn it off so that alerts or messages do not create noise that may effect you. Make sure there is no excessive light. Light from electronics such as a TV in standby mode or phones should be arranged so that you are not effected, especially if that light is blue. Blue light can trick your body to think that it is daylight, most people do not realize that Microsoft windows has a built in blue light filter and some phones also have blue light filters in their settings. Invest in better or dark curtains or blinds that effectively block outside light. That bright security light might be great to light up your driveway but not so much when you want to go to sleep. Remember that moment of Zen we talked about earlier, that can help with sensory rest as well. Room temperature can also affect sleep quality, having the room too warm can decrease sleep quality.
4. Emotional Rest
Life can be stressful and sometimes life can send you a curve ball. It is important to have people you can talk to. The easiest way to have emotional rest is to believe in yourself and just be yourself. Surround yourself with like minded people and people you can easily talk to.
5. Social Rest
Social rest and emotional rest can sometimes go hand and hand, so if your lacking in emotional rest chances are you also lack social rest. Remember when we said surround yourself with like minded people, well it is also important to make sure they are beneficial to you as well. We recommend surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people. Here is a Youtube video from Brightside to describe the difference between a toxic friend and a good friend.
6. Spiritual Rest
For most this is achieved through belonging to a religious faith group and through prayer. Some may achieve this by volunteering in their community or meditating. Generally if an activity creates a feeling of belonging and acceptance, it is probably providing you with spiritual rest. Something as simple as helping your neighbor can help you as well.
7. Creative Rest
Take a second to really appreciate nature. It can feel good to stop and just observe nature, it may even help with your mental rest. For those in major cities this may be harder but find a park or go to the roof, maybe just stop and feel the breeze. Your bedroom is not the only environment you can change. Get creative and decorate your work space, put pictures or works of art around. If your not sure what to put get advice from some of your colleagues.
Most of us know sleep is important to repair and replenish the body. A lot of people do not get enough sleep and likely even more do not know there is more than one kind of rest. We hope you will now keep in mind all seven types of rest and try to live a healthier lifestyle. It is easy to be overwhelmed and feel exhausted even when we have a full night of sleep. In conclusion make sure to treat yourself right, find people you want to be around and enjoy your surroundings.
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