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Finding rest in the modern world: the Rest Test Results

Claudia Hammond finds out what rest means in the modern world. Claudia, with guests Lemn Sissay, Robin Ince, Claire Martin, Kathleen Jamie, Jules Evans, reveals how the UK relaxes.

The Rest Test is an online survey of rest and is part of a ground breaking collaboration of artists, scientists and historians known as Hubbub, looking at the elusive quality of rest in our modern world. For the last two years Hubbub's been exploring the dynamics of rest, noise, activity and work in the arts, everyday life, neuroscience and mental health. BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Hubbub launched the Rest Test in autumn last year and more than 18,000 people from 193 countries took part. It's the biggest survey of what rest means both in Britain and globally.

Claudia Hammond, with the help of guests Lemn Sissay, Robin Ince, Claire Martin, Kathleen Jamie, Felicity Callard and Jules Evans, reveals the results to a live audience in Wellcome Collection's historic Reading Room.

What are the top five most restful activities and who gets more rest, men or women?

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Tue 27 Sep 2016 21:30


The ten most restful activities

The Rest Test asked people which activities they found most restful. Here's the top ten.