Whether it’s from putting in those extra hours at the gym, in the office, or staying up for late night football, we are all guilty of putting off those precious 8 hours of sleep. Over one third of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep nightly. While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, you may be shocked to hear that only one hour of “sleep debt” or time taken from your nightly rest can take up to four days to fully recover from.
A 2022 study showed that even a single night of restricted sleep, five hours, caused significant issues with decision making and reaction time in participants the next day. In fact, being awake for 16 consecutive hours decreases performance and functioning as though your blood alcohol level is 0.05% (the legal limit is 0.08%).
Even more alarming is the evidence showing that people can easily develop a tolerance to chronic sleep deprivation. This may be why you hear people often say, “I only need 5 hours of sleep to function.” Their brain has ‘adapted’ to the lack of sleep so that the feeling of constant tiredness becomes unrecognizable – along with the serious impact it is causing on the body, physically and mentally.
It has been proven that lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease, metabolic dysregulation, inflammation, immune issues, and weight gain. If these effects seem too far off to start taking your sleep habits more seriously, the immediate detrimental effects on our daily cognition, mental productivity and physical performance may be the push needed to finally change our approach to a good night's rest.
Participants in a 2022 study revealed that 1-2 hours of sleep loss for a night significantly decreased exercise performance in all six areas tested: anabolic power, endurance, strength, speed, and skill. Impairments in performance became especially significant in exercises lasting 30 minutes or longer. This may be something to consider if you personally find yourself hitting a wall mid-workout.
Prioritizing your health in the gym, office or classroom starts with getting proper rest. If you struggle to finally wind down from your long day and transition into that ever crucial rest and recovery mode, you are not alone. A sleepfoundation.org survey revealed that 94.8% of adults lose 1 hour of sleep to pain a week, while 54.4% stated they lose sleep due to stress and anxiety.
Staying asleep and falling asleep throughout the night is critical to waking up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day ahead. However, OTC and prescription sleep aids can sometimes leave you with a “sleep hangover,” feeling groggy and unable to function. Over 79% of adults who take prescription sleep aids experience residual effects. Not to mention that some ingredients can be habit-forming and potentially unsafe for daily use.
That’s why we’ve created SLEEP– our natural solution for easing you into a relaxing state, physically and mentally, to help you reach the deep restorative sleep your body needs, without the next-day effects. Feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle your day with our non-habit forming and naturally calming ingredients, meticulously dosed with your goals in mind.
Trace minerals Magnesium and Zinc help you wind down and fall asleep fast naturally as they mitigate stress and anxiety. Magnesium brings your nervous system into balance by binding to GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) which slows down sleep-disrupting nerve activity and reduces stress. Zinc has been proven to boost free testosterone in the body as well as support the body’s natural melatonin production, helping you fall asleep faster. These key ingredients work to relax your body and mind, transitioning you into the deep stages of sleep and ultimately to the restorative REM cycle.
SLEEP’s KSM-66® is an adaptogenic herb that helps your body adapt to stressors. This trademark form of Ashwagandha lowers anxiety and reduces cortisol levels, essential for those frequently subjecting their bodies to intense physical or mental stress.
Amino acid, L Theanine, supports relaxation by increasing serotonin and dopamine, natural mood regulators. The addition of lemon balm helps to enhance your mood and reduce nervousness thanks to its calming effects. These two natural ingredients bring you to a state of tranquility by reducing racing thoughts or nerves, slowing your heart rate, and priming your body for a deep night of restorative sleep.
Apigenin has been proven to provide anti-depressant and anti-anxiety qualities by binding to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain. This triggers muscle relaxation and sedating qualities, without leaving you feeling foggy in the morning. Apigenin not only relaxes the body and mind, but also provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies suggesting apigenins role in combating age-related neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's further emphasizes the importance of mitigating stress and prioritizing rest as we age.
SLEEP is carefully dosed to deliver the full benefits of a potent and calming sleep aid, ensuring a restful night’s sleep without the drawbacks of morning grogginess or addiction. Take charge of your productivity and wake up refreshed with SLEEP.
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