Rest is the new Sleep

Rest is thought to be just as beneficial to our wellbeing as sleep. We explore the benefits of rest with Claudia Hammond.
Rest is the new Sleep
Rest is the new Sleep
Rest is the new Sleep

Exploring the benefits of Rest

Millennials have become the burnout generation, and while Socrates told us to "beware the barrenness of a busy life", we continue to wear our busyness as a badge of honour, never properly pressing pause and enjoying a moment to ourselves. With the help of award-winning broadcaster and author, Claudia Hammond, Aromatherapy Associates is here to teach the art, and the importance, of rest.

In her book The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age, by Claudia Hammond details her collaboration on the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken - the 'Rest Test', with 18,000 participants from 135 countries. Through ground-breaking research, Claudia was able to hone in on what rest really means to us, and which ten activities (all of which can only be improved with our De-Stress blend..!) people considered most restful – and, as Claudia says, 18,000 people can’t be wrong...

  1. 1.Reading

  2. 2.Spending time in Nature

  3. 3.I Want to be Alone

  4. 4.Listening to Music

  5. 5.Doing nothing in Particular

  6. 6.A good walk

  7. 7.A nice hot bath

  8. 8.Daydreaming

  9. 9.Watching TV

  10. 10.Mindfulness

Today, in the UK, half a million people are suffering from work-related stress, and in the US 13% of injuries sustained at work can be attributed to fatigue. More than a quarter of people have fallen asleep at work and 16% have fallen asleep recently while driving. When you add on caring responsibilities and housework and the general admin of modern life, it is no surprise that perhaps three quarters of us have been so stressed at some point over the last year, that we have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

There is evidence to say that short breaks throughout the day aids concentration, while relaxation can help lower the risk of depression, boost our memories and allow us to make better decisions – we are even said to catch fewer colds if well rested and relaxed, but still we consider rest as a luxury, rather than a necessity.

The Rest Test found that those who felt they needed more rest scored lower in terms of wellbeing. Similarly, those who responded saying they think they get more rest than average or don’t feel in need of more rest, had wellbeing scores twice as high as those who wanted more rest.

As physician and presenter Dr Rangan Chatterjee said after reading Claudia’s book – ‘rest isn’t just an indulgence, but an essential part of a life lived well’.

art-of-restThe Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond explores how Rest can have as much of a positive impact as sleep.


Along with the top ten most restful activities, there are also ways of working which incorporate moments of rest between moments of focus, ultimately helping to ensure you are working to your optimum – all of these moments are valuable on their own, but adding your Aromatherapy Associates blend to each one will only further elevate the experience, ensuring you get the most from your essential moments of reset.

Amy: Global Trade Marketing Executive

Skin Type: Normal – Dry


Skin prep is key for me to achieve that summer body glow all year around. I like to begin by sweeping away dead skin cells with the Revive Body Brush before bathing. I find this helps with firming and toning my skin, so I love to do this ahead of a special event and particularly pre-tan! I then take my De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil and apply a capful to my torso, shoulders and lower back before getting into my bath… I love the De-stress Mind blend as the sweet, yet herbal scent transports me to a state of calm before truly being able to unwind in the bath.


For me, bath time is the opportunity to take my ‘everything shower’ to the next level. I typically indulge in a bath for some down time ahead of a fun-filled weekend and to feel rejuvenated after a week of work. I apply the Revive Energising Exfoliator onto wet skin and massage this in for 2-4 minutes focusing on stubborn areas such as elbows, knees and shins.

Post Bathing Ritual

After soaking up the warm aromas of my bath I dry myself off with a towel and then get ready to apply the Revive
Body Oil
. My top tip is to ensure you apply body oil onto damp skin for ultimate hydration; I find this is crucial for locking in moisture and achieving a natural glow.

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Freya: Global Brand Marketing Executive

Skin type: Combination


I typically opt for a bath over a shower when my skin is feeling particularly sensitive, or if I have some extra get-ready time in the morning. I begin my bath time ritual by creating a spa atmosphere with the Atomiser Connect. For me, it is key to ensure my set-up is a sanctuary, this really helps me to start my day off right. My top tip is to infuse your Atomiser with the Essential Oil Blend you gravitate towards, this way you can tailor your routine to meet your specific needs in that moment. Currently I keep diffusing the Revive Pure Essential Oil Blend as I love that the citrusy aroma leaves me feeling uplifted. Whilst I run my bath, I massage the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil into skin, which helps to improve circulation.


I like to begin my bath time by gently exfoliating my skin with the Rose Triple Exfoliator to even texture and remove dead skin cells. If you are looking for radiant skin, an exfoliant is a must have! My favourite thing about this exfoliant is that it does not leave my skin feeling stripped after use, which I have found with many I have tried in the past, but instead leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft with no irritation. I then apply the Rose Pink Clay Mask to my scalp and face to delicately remove oil build up and to rejuvenate both skin and hair.

Post Bathing Ritual

My post bath routine consists of locking in all moisture with a lightweight layer of the Revive Body Gel. As someone who is always on the go, this is a staple in my routine due to the fast absorbing, non-greasy texture of this product. In drier areas I love layering this with the Inner Strength Body Oil, due to its sweet yet spicy scent and skin nourishing properties.

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