The Importance of Rest for Health

Resting properly is as important as eating well, exercising and avoiding consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking. Both the amount, and quality of rest matters.
The Importance of Rest for Health

Last update: 30 August, 2018

We know that you love sports and eating healthily and we congratulate you for doing so. But sometimes, there is something that can be overlooked without us realizing it: the importance of rest. It has happened to all of us, but we can always change our habits. It’s a matter of discipline, and as athletes, we know a lot about that. To begin, let us remember the importance of rest for our health.

Why it can be difficult to get enough rest

Surely on more than one occasion you have heard or said: “I don’t have enough time within 24 hours”. We don’t know why, but it seems to be the modern pace of life for us all. When we think that our mothers and grandmothers used to wash by hand, cook elaborate dishes, sew and do a thousand things in a day. What about us? What do we actually do with our time?

We don’t seem to have much time at all, despite having technology to help us and everything at hand. Even places where we can buy ready prepared food. But that’s right, times have changed, our pace of life is stressful. Although we set priorities, we usually forget one of the most important: rest.

Work, family, and sports are usually the three most important things in our lives. And it seems that when the day is over, there just isn’t enough time to do anything else. However, you must change your habits, because the importance of rest is greater than any other need in your life.

The importance of rest

Woman getting rest in bed.

Let’s look at the reasons why we should change our habits, consider the importance of rest and get more out of life.


Rest is the break that our body needs to regain its strength, and allow for our organs to recover all of the energy they expended. After a tiring day, our bodies begin at zero, to return for yet another day full of activities.

When we don’t get enough rest day after day, our energy will be less and less and this could even lead to us becoming sick.


Stress is one of the main causes why people suffer due to the lack of rest. Stress, in addition to being an issue itself, may cause other unpleasant symptoms in your body, such as: hair loss, scabs on the head, skin rashes or extreme fatigue, among others.

Bad mood

Grumpy woman didn't get enough rest.

When we don’t rest enough our spirit suffers and we have abrupt changes of mood that will lead us to bad relationships in our work, with our family and friends and happiness.

Without rest, we’ll see life with negativity and have problems in our personal relationships. Something that isn’t beneficial at all for our physical health and emotional health.

Gaining Weight

Not sleeping or resting enough creates a hormonal and metabolic imbalance that will make you gain weight. If you strive to stay healthy by playing sports and being disciplined, it will not do you any good if you don’t rest enough.

With the passage of time, bad habits are likely to lead you to becoming overweight and this will cause you even greater problems in the long term.

As you can see, being healthy implies sports, healthy eating and rest. No one of these factors is more important than the other. All three are necessary to be healthy and therefore they are of equal importance. You will probably have to make efforts to change your habits, but it will be worth it.

To make it easy for you, we will share a quick method for how you can divide your day: the day has 24 hours, so use eight of these to work, eight for sleep and the other eight for whatever you want!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.