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Did You Know That There are Four Types of Rest?

Updated on June 28, 2012

The Four Types of Rest

Did it ever happen to you waking up late in the morning yet feeling like you've never rested at all? It occurred to me very often. In a 2007 survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 68 percent of the respondents claim that they only get a good night's sleep a few nights a month or even less, with 40 percent taking 30 minutes or more to fall asleep.

And then there are aslo those who have enough time to sleep, or was at least able to sleep for an adequate period of time yet still feel that they've never rested at all?

First We must realize that sleep is different from rest. We sleep in order for us to rest, but resting doesn't require us to be in the state of sleep. Sometimes we experience sleeping to e not restful at all, and then sometimes, even with lack of sleep, we surprisingly feel so much rested.

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BK Meera Nagananda, an expert on the study of the conscious mind and the regional head of the Brahma Kumaris for Southeast Asia, classifies rest into four: sensory rest, emotional rest, mental rest and physical rest.

Sensory Rest

Is the state of denying one's senses the experience of the physical world for a few minutes or so. An example for this is when you close your eyes after hours of being in front of a computer. The expert advised that for one to be able to take full advantage of his senses he must, from time to time, rest it for a minute or two.

Emotional Rest

Many times we get other people's emotions and take it as our own. This creates in us a kind of emotional overwork. We must create an emotional balance (in ourselves).

Mental Rest

On the other hand is to stop one's mind from thinking. We mind other people's business too much, this makes us tired. For one to be able to achieve mental rest he must stop thinking waste about others or the self, the past or the future. "Don't think too much. Give your mind a rest. Create space between one thought to the other. Don't overlap thoughts."

Physical Rest

Among of the four types of rest, what would take up most of our time, and what most of us would have a hard time getting out of or getting into, is physical rest. Physical rest entails the relaxation of the body. It is also called the "dead body posture".

You lie like a dead body. This is the bodiless stage where theree is dead silence and you experience freeedom. However, that one need not be on the state of sleep to experience this kind of rest.


Inorder to experience a good night's sleep, even for just two hours, one must practice these four types of rest during the day. Being careless with one's discipline and established rules could also contribute in the lack of adequate rest.

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    • babybrownfox profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Thats sounds relaxing Aya..I would really like to try that one.

    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 

      11 years ago from The Ozarks

      Also, a twenty minute light nap in the afternoon is a good way to perk up.

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      Aya Katz 

      11 years ago from The Ozarks

      Babybrownfox, Great hub! Rest is so important to our physical well-being. Sometimes, relaxation of the muscles and putting down one's burdens does wonders!

      My favorite way to relax is to lie down flat on the floor and to allow myself to be groomed by Bow! Chimpanzee grooming is better than a spa!


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