We spend almost third of our lives sleeping (or trying to!), but until recently scientists knew surprisingly little about why we lay down and switch our brains off for an average of eight hours every night. Besides making us feel refreshed, we now know that sleep “cleans” the brain, removing waste chemicals. We also know good sleep facilitates our brain cells building connections which help us store the memories we have made throughout the day. As if that weren’t enough, sleep also helps:
- restore the immune system
- balance hormone levels
- lower blood pressure
- boost mental wellbeing
- raises sex drive (hubba hubba!)
- increases fertility
In fact, sleep is now so well understood it has raised a further question: Are there any biological functions that don’t benefit from a good night’s sleep? Studies show not.
Modern society is built on the foundations of poor sleep. Long work hours, commuting, hours of screen time, a social life - we’re working hard to squeeze it all in and for most of us, sleep is what takes the hit. Our busy lives are leaving us with with irregular sleep patterns, insufficient hours of sleep, which in turn this is creating sleep disorders, like insomnia, for many. The top three reasons for sleep loss are stress and worry, partner disturbance and environmental noise.
Many studies have linked lack of sleep with a surprising variety of health problems including weight gain, diabetes, mental health including anxiety and depression, and Alzheimer's. Besides those health issues, the more immediate impact of insufficient sleep is lethargy, inability to concentrate, and generally feeling down.
But now for the good news: you can reduce the chances of those health complications mentioned above by taking the most widely used medicine in the world - sleep.
If you constantly feel tired or suffer with sleep problems like insomnia or sleep apnea, there are simple changes you can make to improve your sleep. From your sleep environment, to lifestyle changes to strengthen your circadian rhythm, to implementing a relaxing and restorative bedtime routine and sticking to it - you truly can improve your sleep, fall asleep quickly and start achieving the quality sleep you deserve. The sort of sleep that leaves you feeling fresh as a daisy and ready to take on the world.
Our aim at Sleep Siren is that through a combination of education and a carefully curated product range, we can support you towards better sleep and healthier sleep habits, freeing you up to live your best life. We’ll get there together, one night at a time.