Sleeping much, resting little: My exhausting search for restfulness

Sensory rest requires unplugging from our screens. Social and emotional rest have to do with replenishing our reservoirs for social and emotional interaction. ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL
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SINGAPORE - Trying to rest can get exhausting. In the past 18 months, I have tried getting seven hours of sleep daily plus weekend naps. I have done yoga, meditated, walked in nature, cut out caffeine.

But after months of still feeling cranky, melancholic and uninterested in life, I wondered why I was still not getting the rest I needed.

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