Rest is not idleness. After a day or a week of prolong mental or
physical exertion, rest is a "change of scene"........in a garden, a
walk in a park, a picnic, a hike in the mountains. All of us are on the
go. Schedules to meet--no time to stop and "smell the
roses". A certain amount of leisure is essential for health.
Natural sleep is the most effective form of rest. It is during
the hours of sleep that the body rebuilds it's tissue and alkalinizes
itself. You will sleep best when your stomach is practically empty.
When you eat a large meal before going to bed, your stomach must work extra hard
as digestion slows down when you are sleeping.
When your food is digested, it must be assimilated; this work is largely done
during sleep. Energy is deposited in the cells and stored. During
sleep the supply of oxygen is replenished. Your working power depends upon
your body's capacity for storing "Energy Stuff" Let your body do
it's work! If not , you will awake un-refreshed and you will not have an
appetite for breakfast.
Arrange your daily schedule to allow for all the sleep you need in darkness
and quiet. Eight or nine hours is best. Sleep requirements vary
between ages and physical condition. Newborns sleep 16-20 hours, young
children -10-12; Adults do best on 7-8 hours per night. The best
time to go sleep are the hours before midnight. Two hours of sleep
before midnight are worth four thereafter.
Fatigue can result from the various forms of noise present in our modern
forms of living. Relaxation in a quiet place can be very
recuperative. Noise is one of the greatest enemies of rest.
Through the required amount of natural sleep; through congenial and
lovable work; through recreation and play; through relaxation in silence , it is
surprising how quickly our bodies can be recharged with revitalizing energy.
Take time to rest.