Alleviate • Resting – SRS
Why resting is important?
We need to recover from the daily workloads we did to our body and mind. When our energy is low, our spirit gets tired and the wary body can drag us down very quickly. Prolong pains develop through small steps at a time silently when we’re too busy dealing with the outside, with no time to listen to our body talking.
The best way to recharge ourselves from the day is a good night’s sleep. Napping or stationary resting is good but they’re not as effective as proper sleep.
But what exactly sleep does to us?
The Benefits Of Sleeping
Simply put, sleep helps repair, restore, and re-energise our internal systems, getting ready for the next rising sun.
Imagine there are different departments inside our body and under each department is consisted of loyal workers and soldiers of cells. The messengers to convey information and open activation are “hormones”. There are several places to store these messengers and one of them is at the “pituitary gland”.
Inside the pituitary gland, the ‘growth hormone’(GH) is at its prime time and ready to release in our sleep. When they get to the designated areas, like the liver, they’ll tell the other type of messengers what to do, and where to go.
These messengers help muscle, cartilage, bone, tissue, and skin growth. But besides growing, they also help repair muscle tissue and speed up healing after an injury. There are many more benefits from GH, therefore, good night sleep is crucial for our health.
First of all, let us begin with the brain.
When we’re in the dreamland, our brain will sort and process the information we’ve learned during the day, and making sense of it while we sleep. This process will consolidate the foundation of what we learnt and restore the information for later recalls through wiring and rewiring in the background.
Getting down to our heart when we sleep, we alleviate the workload of the heart, as it doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood throughout the body, so the blood pressure and heart rate drop. It’s one of the key points to maintain and restore a healthy heart.
Other than the heartbeat, during sleeping we burn far fewer calories than we do when we’re awake, leading to a theory some scientists suggest that sleep helps conserve energy, like recharging a battery.
For instance, the basic fuel for energy – “glycogen” – its need is dropped significantly. For more information on this topic.
Meanwhile, the immune system is on the track to restore the defenders, by the secretion of hormones.
”The messengers” help trigger the production of certain immune cells, and in return, they’ll safeguard our precious body from offenders.
Maintaining good habitual sleep is important because our body is constantly fighting against infectious agents. Sleep deprivation can decrease the production and regulation of the immune cells, making a living body become more susceptible and vulnerable.
Combining with muscle growth, hormones production, tissue repair, and more, their contributions will result in the energy we can distribute for the next day. Therefore, good sleep is important for our health and internal body regulation.
Hold on, while sleeping is the best strategy for resting, we don’t have all day for sleep, so what other methods can be implemented to rest and restore our energy?
There are many methods and everybody is varied, so I’ll share two for your reference.
1) Position Changing
- This is an easy one. If a position has been held for too long, change the position. For example, if one has been sitting for sometimes, it’s better to stand up and walk a little. If standing for too long, then squatting might be a solution to it. Re-positioning allows different parts of muscles to get to work and relieve the pressure we put on for certain areas of muscles.
**This is using the concept I’ve mentioned in the previous Stretching article, go for the opposite direction for alleviation if it’s unsure what position should do.
- Laying down on a flat surface is probably the best position for temporal resting, either the chest faces to the air or the ground. It’s because many of the muscles don’t need to work as hard as we stand or sit.
2) Shut Our Eyes Sometimes When Travel
- It’s a good way to put our eyes at rest. When the eyes are shut, immediately we redistribute the energy back to our internal organs. One can feel the differences physiologically and mentally when the vision goes dark again.
Here are the common differences one will experience during this resting stage:
The first difference:
- The eyes, which have been absorbing a lot of outside energy ( ex: light, smoke, dust..) in a day, might get a sense of blazing feeling over the very eyes’ surface. It’s normal as now the eyes will start to make tears to lubricate themselves when they’re closed, which is why giving a length of time to allow the tear process from start to finish is recommended. This way, our eyes will be refreshed as we finish off the trip.
The second difference:
- Redistributing energy can be felt internally. One might be more aware of their internal functions working. This is good and normal. Keeping it that way will help us to be more connected with the body, and in return, we’ll learn better ways to treat and improve the body better, leading the way to an abundant path of health.
The third difference:
- There might be a sense of anxious feeling over the eyes are being shut. So it’s important to remain relaxed for the better energy distribution and let go of all the mindless thoughts. Neither force to relax nor try to receive/respond to outside matters. In this state, one should remain calm and enjoy the recovering of the eyes.
So for how long?
It’s better to wait up till the tears process complete, and that you can feel the eyes have been cleansed. Afterward, the body’s energy is restored. But this is ideal, the timing is entirely up to you.
*Note that this method aims for the traveling length around 15 ~ 20 mins. For any longer, a nap can be implemented if possible.
We save up the energy for good use, to maximise the efficiency of the day. Only we know what is best for ourselves, so there is no shame for resting.
There are more methods out there for us to restore our energy, such as nap, food, stay hydrated, and more. The above merely provides two viable methods for you to use. Everybody has their own ways to recover. So please tell me what is your method(s) for resting? Let me know in the comments below. And as always, have a good day! 🙂
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