Ask just about anyone what you need to do to stay healthy and they'll tell you 'exercise, eat well, don't drink too much alcohol'. It is rare that people suggest to 'make sure you get 8 hours sleep every night'.
Yet if you talk to any sleep scientist, they will tell you sleep is an overarching health factor that impacts all remaining aspects of our health. When you consider the impacts of sleep deprivation, even on a small level, it becomes clear that getting a good sleep is essential to living a healthy life.
Did you know?
Anything less than 7 hours sleep is considered sleep deprivation. Three days of continued sleep deprivation has been shown to increase our hunger hormone Grehlin and decrease our satiety hormone Leptin. In other words, when we are sleep deprived, we tend to over eat.
A recent study published in Diabetes Care and conducted by the University of Chicago, found that not sleeping well can increase your risk of developing diabetes, particularly in people who work long hours.
Tim Ferris says if you win the morning, you win the day. But getting a bad sleep makes winning the morning a lot harder. So perhaps to win the morning we need to win our sleep...
5 products to help you sleep better
1/ Infrared Saunas - An infrared sauna works by heating the body directly which creates a cardiovascular workout on the body, activating the heat response of the body and creating a deep, detoxing sweat. Overall, the body is working naturally to cool itself. It is the soothing heats effect on the nervous system along with a cardiovascular workout which leaves one feeling, calmed, relaxed, clear and with that feeling of 'ahhhhhh :)'
2. Sleep tracking watches - Although this doesn't help you with the quality of your sleep directly, sleep tracking devices or watches give us the information on where our sleep could be improved. Knowledge is power and knowing what aspects of your sleep need working on is really the first step in improving your sleep. A sleep tracker will help you get clear on how much time you actually spend asleep, in REM sleep, Deep sleep and light sleep.
3. Baxter Blue Sleep Glasses - Designed to be worn when the sun goes down, our amber Blue+™ Sleep lenses have been specifically developed to filter out the 450-500nm blue-light wavelengths that impact the release of melatonin - and subsequently, a good night’s sleep!Deep protection with minimal colour distortion. Unlike many amber lenses on the market, Baxter Blue’s Blue+™ embedded filter technology means maximum protection with minimal colour distortion, allowing you to game, binge watch, or catch up on emails without sacrificing colour - or sleep.
4. Deep Sleep Pillow Mist - Feel the stresses of the day melt away and prepare for a restful night of sleep with our Deep Sleep Pillow Mist. Made with a soothing blend of aromatic oils, including Lavender and Chamomile, our Deep Sleep Pilloe Mist promotes a deeper and more rejuvenating sleep by supporting your bodies natural melatonin production.
5. Organic Herbal Tea - Like essential oil, herbal tea has been used for thousands of years as a powerful tonic to aid in healing and support the body. Certain teas have certain properties, and teas such as chamomile, valerian, lemon balm and passionflower help in falling asleep and staying asleep. Incorporating a tea as part of your evening time for bed routine is a great natural option to help with your sleep. Adding some organic raw honey to the tea will sweeten the taste and also balance your blood sugar throughout the night which can reduce the likely hood waking up in the middle of the night.