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Apr 25, 2022
The Power of Sleep
We all know the value of getting a full, blissful night of sleep. It gives our brains time to rest, reset, and repair, boosting our mood and our overall well-being. However, getting to those key 7 hours can often be a struggle, with restless nights and insomnia stealing the precious rest that our bodies and brains rely on.
The negative impact of losing sleep
When your sleep schedule is disrupted, you may have difficulty falling and staying asleep, or wake up in the morning and still feel exhausted. On a cellular level, sleep allows our body to repair and restore itself. Without it, our body can’t perform optimally physically or mentally. Sleep can help regulate our mood and levels of stress, maintain a healthy weight, decrease brain fog, and lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Many serious health issues are linked to sleep deprivation, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and reduced immune system function. A lack of sleep can even affect how we experience emotions, leading to an increase in negative moods such as anger, irritability, frustration, and sadness.
Steps to improve your sleep habits
Getting a better night of sleep can be made easier with melatonin supplements, like No. 8’s Sleep gummies. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate our sleep, and is produced naturally by the pineal gland. However, melatonin production can be disrupted when we experience changes in our routine, including stress, travel across various time zones—even just staying out too late.
Stanford Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Octavio Choi, MD, Ph.D. explains, “Taking melatonin supplements such as No. 8 gummies, gently nudge our body clocks back into alignment, helping us to fall asleep when we would like to. No. 8 Sleep gummies also contain Vitamin B6, which some studies have shown, increases the effectiveness of melatonin for sleep.”
In addition to taking melatonin, there are adjustments we can make to help improve our sleep habits and get consistently good rest. Blue light (like the kind your phone, laptop, and TV screens emit) actually stimulates parts of the brain that make us feel alert, elevating our body temperature and heart rate—and inhibiting melatonin production. Avoiding these devices for 2-3 hours before you go to bed can help maintain a healthy circadian rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep. If you can’t avoid these devices entirely, try wearing blue-light glasses, or installing an app that helps filter out blue and green wavelengths at nighttime.
Another key habit for improving your sleep is maintaining a consistent schedule. Going to bed and waking up at a set time allows our bodies to get accustomed to a specific routine and reinforces the body’s sleep-wake cycle. It’s also helpful to optimize your sleep environment, making sure that your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, and is set at a comfortable temperature.