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More and more Americans are suffering from sleepless nights. But why, and how do we fix that? Nutrigenomics Company LifeVantage dives deep in to the science of our sleep cycles and explains why sleepless nights are on the rise and how to improve your sleep on a nightly basis. Read the blog below
There’s an eye-opening trend that’s happening in the fascinating world of sleep: sales of over-the-counter sleep aids are up—way up. Some research suggests that transient insomnia might be affecting up to 80% of the US population. That’s alarming.
It’s especially alarming because sleep might be the single most important thing we do every day. It’s a critical component of our overall health. If you’re chronically sleep deprived, you increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, higher blood pressure, and developing a much weaker immune system.
But with so much riding on the line, why are people struggling to get more than six hours of sleep a night (doctors recommend a minimum of 7-9)? There are probably a lot of answers. Our culture puts a greater emphasis on busy-ness and productivity than rest. People who sleep a lot (i.e. the exact amount they should) are often labeled as lazy or unmotivated when nothing could be further from the truth. It’s also no surprise that we’re loading our diets with sugar and caffeine that can keep us up at night.
Additionally, a lot of the new technology that’s woven its way into our lives is interfering with our natural sleep cycles that have evolved over thousands of years. Toss light pollution, noise pollution, and a lot of other factors on the pile, and you end up with the perfect recipe for a sleep epidemic.
Whether you have difficulty falling asleep, waking up multiple times during the night, or just feel extra tired in the morning, it might be time to take back control of your sleep with a few tips to help you biohack some shuteye.
Try sleeping in complete darkness. And no, we’re not talking about turning off your light. Think DARK. Like Bat Cave dark. Why? For more tips on better sleep Click Here
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