Being busy can be stimulating, and the saying goes “a change is as good as a rest”. However, this is not very good advice, because sleep and rest is re-energizing and essential for your well being
Sleeping is not only a pleasure, but a necessity of the body. We usually tend to minimize the importance of getting enough rest, however, there is a strong relationship between the quantity and quality of sleep and the state of health.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), complete well-being is achieved by following a balanced diet, doing physical exercise and, above all, enjoying a good night’s sleep. The lack of a good rest and in adequate quantity has a direct impact on the well-being of a person, that is why it recommends sleeping at least 7 continuous hours per day. In the case of children, especially those of school age, they require a greater amount, between 10 to 12 hours of uninterrupted daily sleep.
When we rest, our body recovers and restarts: memory improves, the immune system is strengthened, blood pressure drops, inflammation in the body is reduced, concentration and mental capacity improves, and energy is recovered. It also helps maintain a healthy weight, since the part of the brain that controls sleep is also responsible for metabolism, so when you don’t get enough sleep, the body secretes a hormone that increases appetite.
Some strategies to get a good rest:
A good rest will allow us to be more active, more concentrated, with more energy to fully enjoy the day to day, favoring our personal development, improving interpersonal relationships and contributing to our happiness.