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Seeking Rejuvenation, Energy, Serenity and Tranquility

Chill out, take a break, relax, rest, rejuvenate, meditate, breathe deeply, and become comfortably numb. Pick your own personal antidote to the chaos of the modern world or even just the busyness of day to day living: read, listen to music, play, surf the net, take a walk, engage in a hobby…no matter what circumstances life might send your way, you will benefit immensely from taking time each day to refresh yourself. This time of rejuvenation will not be the same for everyone because everyone doesn’t find the same things relaxing. Find your groove, settle in and take time to rest!

You owe it to everyone you love (including yourself) to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world. ~ Author unknown

When considering rest and sleep, researchers don’t always agree on how much of each is necessary, but they certainly agree that everyone needs them both for various reasons! The benefits of a good night’s sleep simply cannot be denied. Fatigue caused by sleep deprivation can be at the root of many emotional and physical ailments. This list from Harvard Woman’s Health Watch gives a concise summary of the many benefits of good sleep habits:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

Is there a difference between sleep and rest? Often rest and sleep are used interchangeably, yet sleep is more specifically defined and less often ignored. According to dictionary.com, rest has several meanings (to Include actual sleep):

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