It’s Sleep Awareness Week, which means there’s no better time for you to prioritize your sleep hygiene and health! Here’s how to get started…
Raise your hand if, in the last week, you’ve answered the question, “How are you feeling/doing?” with any of the following:
- “I’m tired.”
- “I’m so tired.”
- “I’m SO. TIRED”
- “……” (Silence because you’re too tired to speak.)
Welcome to the club, my friend. Though this is likely a club you don’t want to be a member of, rest (ha…yeah right) assured you’re not alone.
One hundred years ago, people average nine hours of sleep every night. But since the mid 80s, the percentage of adults who get less than six hours of sleep has increased by 31%. And today? The numbers are even worse: Despite the medical recommendation that adults get at least seven hours of sleep, 35% of American adults fall short every night. Yes, we’re living in very different times than the early 1900s, but we’re still humans who need a certain amount of sleep — a century has not changed that primal requirement.
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. It’s when your body not only gets a chance to rest and reset, it’s also when everything on a cellular level goes into repair mode. Sure, a restless night will lead to some inopportune yawning the next day, but recurrent sleep deprivation can lead to a litany of other side effects and issues: moodiness, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, weakened immune system, hormone disruption, inflammation, collagen breakdown…the list goes on.
If you’re a member of that aforementioned 35% and nothing on that list just now sounds appealing to you, it’s probably time for you to get your approach to sleep hygiene and health in order. First, make your bedroom an ideal space for excellent sleep. Next, brush up on how to get into prime sleep mode. Then, consider adding some sleep aides and accessories to your bedtime routine. Take these and call us in the morning.
One of the best things you can do for great sleep is to create the right environment. But a truly pitch black room isn’t always an option — maybe you’re traveling or those “blackout curtains” aren’t doing their job—which is why having backup in the form of an eyemask is crucial. Not only is this beauty from Slip going to keep errant light from reaching your eyeballs and disrupting yours zzz’s, but it’s made of 100% pure silk, so it’s gentle on the sensitive skin around your eyes
If you’re going everything right when it comes to your physical bedroom and nighttime routine but still can’t sleep well, the issue may be happening on a chemical level. Made naturally by your body, melatonin is a hormone that lets your body know it’s nighttime and therefore, time for bed, by working with its circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock), regulating body temperature and blood pressure, and binding to receptors in the brain to help reduce the kinds of nerve activity that keeps you awake. If your levels of melatonin are low, you miss out on all these side effects, so you may want to consider a supplement formulated with the sleep hormone to help promote a better, more restful night’s sleep.
Another chemical issue that could be impacting your sleep? Low levels of magnesium. A mineral that helps regulate neurotransmitters to calm your nervous system and get it ready for sleep, magnesium is pretty critical to helping control that aforementioned internal clock. It also limits the effects of cortisol — the stress hormone that has undoubtedly kept you awake before — and helps relax muscles. Again, helping boost your body’s natural production with a magnesium supplement can help promote deep, restorative sleep. This blend also includes ingredients like jujube and pharmagaba to calm your overactive mind and enhance the quality of sleep — a win-win-win.
Sleep is when your body gets the chance to repair itself, especially in the skin department. While you snooze, skin cells go into regeneration mode to repair daytime damage: antioxidant melatonin is at an all-time high, low levels of cortisol help repair damaged skin, collagen production goes into overdrive. When your skin is in this mode — open and ready for repair — any products you put on your face will work double-time, especially if they’re formulated for overnight use like this hydrating, radiance-boosting mask.
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.