The short answer: not quite.
But it’s a good second choice.
Sometimes referred to as quiet wakefulness, resting with your eyes closed can calm your mind, give at least some of your neurons a break (since you’re not actively thinking or concentrating on something), and let your muscles and organs relax.
Is sleeping with your eyes closed the same as sleeping?
If the point of sleep is that being inactive frees up our energy for other tasks (say, recovering from a cold), we might expect lying in bed with our eyes closed—what some studies call “quiet wakefulness”—to accomplish much the same thing. And that’s likely when the restful part of sleep takes place.
How can I rest without sleeping?
5 Ways to Get Better Sleep Without Sleeping More Hours
- Use bedtime affirmations. This is a secret weapon that most people don’t know about.
- Nap the right way or don’t do it at all.
- Exercise is your best ally.
- Sleep alone when you can.
- A hot bath before sleep.
- Wake at the right moment.
- Sleep is important.
Can you bank sleep?
Sleeping in will work when you haven’t been sleeping enough and you need to pay back a sleep debt. But you can’t bank sleep in advance. If you are behind on sleep, it will affect how well your mind works. Things won’t get better until you catch up on the sleep that you missed.
Is lying down good for you?
The less sitting or lying down you do during the day, the better your chances for living a healthy life. If you stand or move around during the day, you have a lower risk of early death than if you sit at a desk.