There’s a lot of bad information out there. It ranges from plain silly to confusing to insane. And sometimes, there’s scary information — like the recent news that just a single night of bad sleep can increase the protein that’s linked to Alzheimer’s. But there’s no reason to panic — because there’s nothing you can do to prevent that one night of bad sleep. What you can do, however, is make sure that you have the right approach to healthy sleep overall for your well-being.
One topic that causes a lot of confusion — and gets in the way of people having a smart approach to healthy sleep — is the difference between rest and sleep.
If you do a quick search online looking for information on whether you get the same benefits from sleeping and resting (you know, that nearly impossible thing where you relax and unwind, even close your eyes, but your brain’s still running in awake mode), you’ll find a fair amount of confusing and just flat-out wrong information.
So we thought it may be worth providing a quick lesson on what’s real and what’s not when comparing rest and sleep.