World Sleep Day! – March 15th

World Sleep Day

Perhaps my favorite “holiday” of the year! World Sleep day is a day for not only celebrating all the wonderful things good sleep habits can do for us, but also gives us a wonderful opportunity to share some helpful hints with you about how to get snoozing! If you haven’t caught our Facebook live videos, we have already gone over a few of these tips. I will include specifically what we have in store in this blog post, as well as lifestyle tips to work synergistically with any over the counter solutions you pick up.

 

Lets look at the facts:

Insomnia is not the only sleep disorder out there, but it is the most common. According to The American Sleep Association, 30% of American adults report acute insomnia, and 10% struggle with chronic insomnia.

The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, but everyone is different! Listening to what your body is telling you throughout the day will give you clues as to how much sleep you really need.

The amount of sleep your body needs may be changing with the seasons, or due to time changes, stress levels, changes in prescription medications, and many other factors. When was the last time you noticed a significant change in your sleep requirements?

 

Why is sleep important?

Adequate sleep can do wonders for your overall health, and can even help motivate you to stay on track with other healthy habits like exercise, diet, and hydration. More benefits to sleeping well below!

  1. Sleep promotes healthy memory, focus, and cognition!

    Have you ever found yourself forgetting what you walked into a room for? Having trouble sticking to one task? Finding it hard to work out complex problems? This could be due to a lack of sleep.

  2. Getting enough sleep boosts your immune system functioning!

    Keeping the cold and flu at bay can be tricky, don’t let the nasty germs get the best of your exhausted immune system!

  3. While you are sleeping, your body goes back and repairs some of the inflammation that can build up due to stress and other chronic conditions.

    Inflammation can affect everyone and every major system in your body.

  4. Adequate sleep leaves your mood balanced for the next day.

    Ever heard of the saying “Bright eyed and bushy tailed?” someone may use it to describe you if you have had a great night’s rest!

  5. Reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke is BIG.

    The most effective form of treatment is prevention.

How to get on the sand-man’s good side!

Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Even if you are, you may struggle some days to turn your brain off when it’s bedtime! It doesn’t hurt to have some of these products on hand for when an insomnia emergency arises. No one plans on staying up stressing about their to-do list all night!

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

  1. Hydrate: Drink lots of water, but not RIGHT before bed. one 8 oz glass can help you stay asleep, but you definitely don’t want to have to fall back to sleep after every trip to the bathroom!
  2. Exercise daily, but try to keep it at least 3 hours ahead of your bedtime
  3. Write down daily gratitude/reflections to get those thoughts running out of your brain and onto a page you can set aside (literally) when you need shut eye
  4. No screens 1-2 hours before bed. The blue light in the screens can keep your brain from winding down.
  5. Eat a healthy balanced dinner so you don’t wake up for any midnight snacks!

over the counter solutions

  1. Green Goo “Unwind” Bath Salts

    Perfect for those nights when you have a little extra going on in your mind. After an especially stressful day, this 100% natural lavender & bergamot scented soak will wash away the day’s problems just in time for sleep!

  2. Be Well “Get Some zzz’s” tea or The Republic of Tea “Beauty Sleep” tea

    Both products are wonderful for bedtime, and are caffeine free. The Get Some zzz’s tea has organic roobios, chamomile, passion flower, and Valerian root. The “Beauty Sleep” Tea is Chamomile and Rose, and promotes skin-repairing collagen production to leave you waking up with a fully refreshed complexion!

  3. Makers Vitamin B-Complex Supplement

    While B3 helps increase REM as well as the quantity and quality of your sleep by converting tryptophan into serotonin, B6 acts as a cofactor (along with floate) for serotonin and dopamine, and B12 works to stabilize your circadian rhythm throughout all 24 hours!

  4. Makers Magnesium Chelate Supplement

    Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, and will help you loosen up so you aren’t stiff as a board while you’re trying to fall asleep! This may also help you wake up with less muscle soreness.

  5. CatecholaCalm Supplement

    This supplement, along with our other adrenal support products can help if you think stress or anxiety is to blame for your messed up sleep patterns. Come in and ask us which would be best to try today!

Come in through the end of March to see our Focus Table, which highlights these products and a few more to help you get (and keep) your sleep problems in check. You are always able to ask our pharmacists for advice when choosing supplements. We understand that so many choices can get overwhelming and are here to help YOU!