All living creatures rest

The other day, I was listening to the podcast But Why with my kiddos. It was about ants. At one point, the ant scientist answered a question about whether ants sleep by noting that all animals sleep. For some reason, I did not know that already. All animals rest. Every one of them. I am an animal. Why in the world would I feel that I should be able to constantly be active? Why do I feel guilty when I want to rest? Rest is normal. Rest is a corollary of being a creature. ⁣

This is not the first time I’ve had a realization like this about rest, and my guess is it won’t be the last. But I did need to remember it this week. Maybe you do too.

All living creatures have periods of activity and periods of rest

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts thoughtful, compassionate essays about culture, mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Scary Mommy, Motherly, Motherwell, and more. You can find the latest from Emily at

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