Almost everyone loves themselves a good night’s sleep or a refreshing mid-day nap. If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that we need shut eye. You know sleep’s important, but just how so?
Basically, when you’re sleeping, your body is still working; just differently than if you were awake. When you hit the pillow and head off to dreamland, your body is recovering and cleaning itself internally. Your muscles are relaxed and have time to heal, from tissues, to tendons, and more. Your different systems are multi-tasking — cleaning your organs, repairing and replacing cells, and preparing you for the day with new energy.
Sleep is so crucial that if we begin to adopt a bad sleep pattern, our health can really suffer. Insufficient sleep can sometimes cause serious health issues. An alarming health fact is that the lack of sleep can affect your brain cells, thus leading to potential loss and damage.
Find yourself having trouble getting a full night’s sleep? Well, look no further. At Quality of Life, we know the importance of sleep for your health. So we created Melatonin-SR!
Melatonin is the hormone which regulates our sleep-wake cycle. It’s something we already have in our bodies; it’s not a foreign chemical agent. This hormone helps us fall asleep each night. However, for some people the issue with sleep isn’t always falling asleep – it’s staying asleep through the night. Our Melatonin-SR is made with a special sustained release formula that allows 40% of the melatonin in the capsule release upon consumption to help you to fall asleep faster. Then over the course of the next 7 hours, as you slumber, the remaining 60% releases to help you stay asleep.
Our formula is vegan-friendly, GMO-free, gluten free and made with vegetable cellulose capsules. One bottle contains 30 capsules and our suggested serving is 1 vegicap per night – right before bed.
Every year, the National Sleep Foundation celebrates Sleep Awareness Week from March 10 to 16. Check out #YourDayBeginsWithSleep on social media for shareable information and stories about sleep health. Take time to reflect on your sleeping habits and take a step toward getting a full night’s rest with QOL’s Melatonin-SR.
One-third of all adults don’t get the recommended seven hours of nightly sleep.
Twenty percent have a sleep disorder.
Sleep deprivation could be linked to obesity and depression.
45 to 54-year-olds are getting the least sleep.
Excessive sleepiness is primarily caused by self-imposed sleep deprivation.
Surprising Facts About Sleep:
Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.
Falling asleep should take 10 to 15 minutes. You’re probably sleep-deprived if you fall asleep within 5 minutes of hitting the pillow.
On average, people have four to six dreams a night but won’t recall 99% of them.
The most popular sleep position is the fetal position; the healthiest option is sleeping on your back.
Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for 90 million American adults.
Staying up all night to study actually reduces our ability to remember new facts by 40 percent.
Sleep might make you happier. Sleeping an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night makes most Americans happier, safer, and healthier.
So what can you do to improve sleep health?
Make sleep a priority. A recent poll showed two-thirds of people recognize getting enough rest makes them more effective, yet sleep is fourth in priority behind fitness/nutrition, work, and hobbies/personal interests.
Adopt a consistent bedtime and rising schedule. The body functions more effectively when a waking-and-sleeping pattern is established and followed seven days a week.
Create a restful retreat. The bedroom should be quiet, dark, and comfortably cool for sleep.
Remove portable electronics from the sleeping environment. It’s suggested all televisions, smartphones, computers, and mobile devices should be shut down in the bedroom. Exposure to blue light stimulates the brain and suppresses brainwaves that promote sleep. To prepare for sleep, turn off electronics an hour before retiring. Lower the lights, read a physical book or write in a journal.
Avoid large meals and stimulants. Large meals and caffeine should be consumed at least four to six hours before bedtime. Alcohol may help some individuals fall asleep faster, but it is disruptive to restorative deep REM sleep.
Exercise regularly to sleep better at night. Longer and deeper sleep helps boost immunity, supports cardiac function, and controls stress and anxiety.
What’s the takeaway from this?
Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. Good sleep habits support optimal brain, heart, and lung function and rejuvenate mood, immunity, metabolism, and much more! Importantly, quality sleep heightens our ability to function productively and safely during waking hours.
If we are to accomplish our goals and have productive days, turn off the lights and get some sleep!
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