Sleep Awareness Week is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the importance of sleep and the impact it has on our health and wellbeing.
Sleep awareness week starts March 12th – 18th this year. The National Sleep Foundation chose this week because we change our clocks on Sunday March 12th to start Daylight Saving Time. Most people face struggles with the changing of the clocks.
During the week, NSF also releases results of its hallmark Sleep in America® Poll. Over the past 25 years, more than 20 polls have been fielded on topics ranging from aging, exercise, and bedroom setup to help the public understand key attitudes, behaviors, and experiences with sleep health.
Sleep is essential for our physical, mental, and emotional health. It is during sleep that our bodies repair and restore themselves, and our brains consolidate memories and learning. However, despite its importance, many people struggle to get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Inadequate sleep can lead to a range of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
These sleep stats, from the National Sleep Apnea Association, are a very sad statistic, but a very true reality for millions:
- 50 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder
- 20 million Americans struggle with sleep intermittently
- Untreated sleep disorders are estimated to cost over $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, property, and environmental damage.
To celebrate Sleep Awareness Week, here are some helpful tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Meditation is a great way to relax your mind and ease into sleep. I recommend the free Insight App available on Android and Apple. Their Yoga Nidra options are highly effective
- Practice a gentle yoga routine prior to bed. There are several great videos on YouTube. Fightmaster Yoga is one of my favorite channels.
- No caffeine after lunch. Caffeine stays in your system for at least 6 hours and some people are more sensitive than others.
- Stick to a sleep schedule even during the weekend. This also means avoiding naps during the day.
- Skip the night cap. I am sorry to report that alcohol disrupts your sleep.
- Avoid large meals right before bed.
- Avoid liquids before you hit the sheets so you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom
- Keep it cool and dark. A dark and cool room is ideal for falling and staying asleep. My husband and I love these blackout curtains.
- Hit the gym in the morning. Working out later in the day may keep you up at night.
- Increase bright and natural light during the day to keep your circadian rhythm healthy.
You can also try supplements. I recommend avoiding prescriptions if you can. There are many natural supplements out there that may help you with a better night’s sleep. Some of the most common are CBD, Melatonin and Magnesium.
Many people find that CBD supports a more restful night’s sleep. Below are studies done on CBD’s impact on sleep struggles.
The following Joy Organics products are specially designed to support a good night sleep.
- Joy Organics CBD Sleep Gummies– In addition to full spectrum CBD, these gummies also have CBN and Melatonin.
- Joy Organics CBD Softgels with Melatonin– These broad spectrum CBD softgels are formulated with CBN and melatonin.
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- Lavender Hemp-Infused Roll-On – Formulated with lavender oil, bergamot oil, chamomile oil and full-spectrum hemp extract. This is a convenient and easy product to use as part of your evening wind-down ritual.
- Sleep Gummies – CBD gummies for sleep are formulated with full-spectrum hemp extract and contain 10 mg of hemp extract and 3 mg of melatonin in every serving to help you float off to dreamland.
The following Pure Micronutrients supplement may aid your healthy sleep habits:
- Pure Magnesium – Containing Magnesium Bisglycinate, Pure Magnesium has been clinically proven to be 8 times more absorbable than other forms and highly tolerable. So you can ensure fast results without any nasty side-effects!
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Stay healthy my friends! And have a good night’s sleep!
Carrie A Groff