26 Mar 2016

The Rest Test

From This Way Up, 12:40 pm on 26 March 2016
Sleeping lion

Photo: Flickr user Alex Polezhaev / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

How do you rest and relax?

The Rest Test is a global crowdsourced experiment that hopes to explore people's attitudes and opinions about rest.

Claudia Hammond of the BBC's All in the Mind programme tells Simon Morton that our notions of what is 'restful' are personal and varied:

So far some 21,000 people from 190 different countries have responded to the survey and it's producing some interesting preliminary findings. So about three-quarters of respondents say they need more rest, on average they sleep for between 6 and 7 hours a day, and the least restful activity so far identified is, interestingly, 'thinking about the past'!

You have until midday on Wednesday 30 March 2016 to participate in The Rest Test.