Proper Sleep in a Restless World
Sleep is so essential to our health and wellbeing, physical and mental, yet it often gets pushed into the background for the sake of work, education, and entertainment. In 2014, the CDC studied the prevalence of “Short Sleep Duration” as reported by Americans across the United States.
“Short Sleep Duration” was defined as being less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. The CDC recommends that adults get 7 hours or more of sleep each night, but their 2014 report found that over 35% of all American adults were falling short of this.
The Impact of Poor Sleep
While there are medical conditions and diseases that can impact sleep, and the amount of sleep an individual needs changes with age, many times the causes of poor sleep trace back to our habits and whether we are prioritizing our need for rest.
We live in a restless world, full of screens, electronics, and 24/7 access to information and entertainment, tempting us to delay sleep for just one more video, article, or email. However, the consequences of insufficient sleep compound rapidly and go beyond fatigue.
Just about every typical health issue you can think of can be caused by lack of sleep: concentration and memory decline, we experience more moodiness and increase risk of depression, the immune system weakens, and appetite and weight gain increases.
Pushed even further, lack of sleep leads to health risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Optimizing for Sleep Success
Improving our sleep starts with setting ourselves up for success. We recommend starting by turning off blue light-emitting devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops an hour or more before bed to give your brain a break from electronic stimulation.
Instead of streaming a miniseries or movie until you fall asleep, consider reading a paperback book or meditation to help with calming your mind and body.
Exercise during the day can also help with overall energy and proper rest at night. If you are sensitive to sound while sleeping, a fan or white noise device in your room can help filter out other noises so you can stay asleep more comfortably.
The Genius Advantage
For an additional advantage for falling and staying asleep, we offer Genius Sleep Aid as a dedicated supplement.
Genius Sleep Aid combines natural ingredients including melatonin, L-Theanine, and inositol into a simple capsule that you can take 30 minutes before bed to help with relaxing and preparing for sleep.
You can learn more about Genius Sleep Aid and purchase it here on our website.