Claudia Hammond

The Art of Rest

How to Find Respite in the Modern Age

The Art of Rest

"A soothing balm for a frazzled generation."

ADAM RUTHERFORD, author of How to Argue with a Racist

Today busyness has become a badge of honor. We want to say we're busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead, we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.

The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on—‘The Rest Test’: the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, which was completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds, and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.

Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works, and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.


"Fascinating, entertaining, and lucidly written."


"Reading it is a rest itself."

MATT HAIG, author of Notes on a Nervous Planet

"[I]f you want to change your 24/7 lifestyle, opening The Art of Rest may well be a good start."