Based on the popularity of our All-Natural Sleep Aid (it’s a top seller this summer), it seems a lot of people are having trouble falling and/or staying asleep. Through this blog post, and two blog posts to follow next week, we aim to educate and empower as it relates to your sleep habits and hygiene. We’ll cover why the body and brain need enough sleep (in this post), ways to improve your sleep hygiene, and what you need to know about prescription, over-the-counter, and all-natural sleep aids.
To set the stage, we rely on the help of Dr. Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of the book "Why We Sleep.” Dr. Walker articulates just how critical sleep is in the short video below, “What Happens To Your Body And Brain If You Don't Get Sleep.”
Scientific evidence shows that sleep deprivation can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks and strokes, and several types of cancer. In fact, the connection between lack of sleep and cancer is so strong that the World Health Organization recently classified any form of nighttime shift work as a probable carcinogen. Sleep deprivation can also affect the reproductive system and limit the ability for your brain to create new memories.
The health risks associated with sleep deprivation are relevant to more than those people getting just a couple hours of sleep each night – Dr. Walker shares how even 6 hours of sleep can have a harmful effect on your health. We really do need about 8 hours of sleep each night to reboot the brain and body to run at full capacity.
Watch the video below for all the details, and then look out for our blog posts next week covering sleep hygiene and sleep medications and supplements!