Rest is simply another word for sleep. Rest is required to level up (except in Skyrim), to become a vampire, and participate in certain quests such as the Anvil Recommendation and joining the Dark Brotherhood. If you sleep, your fatigue (stamina), magicka (unless you have the Atronach birthsign), and health will restore to maximum. The amount of fatigue, magicka, and health restored is irrelevant to the amount of time slept; sleeping just one hour will restore all bars to maximum.
Waiting does not count as rest nor does sitting on chairs or benches. You cannot rest in a bed that is owned by someone else. It is also impossible to rest when you are trespassing. Most guilds have beds that are free for members to use. You can also purchase a bed for a night at an Inn and when you buy a house it comes with a bed.
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Resting offers no additional bonuses, and is only used to restore fatigue, magicka and health, level up and to advance certain quests.
Resting in a city is illegal, so the Nerevarine must go outside a town to rest or find a bed. Outside a city, if there are no enemies around, Nerevarine can rest on all over the solid ground without bed. If Nerevarine goes to other owned bed and is witnessed by others, they will get bounty. If The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal has been installed, and Nerevarine has not started the Tribunal main quest, then if Nerevarine tries to go to bed, they will be attacked by The Dark Brotherhood.