Why is sleep so good for us?
Do you constantly feel the need to catch back up on more sleep? More then a third of people feel the burden of sleep debt. Trying to get back lost sleep-time can feel like an endless journey. There are many reasons for the lack of sleep, from young children, busy lifestyles, mood or mental health, work hours and stress. Feeling sleep deprived can easily affect us and impact our daily health.
THE SLEEP WELLNESS EFFECT
We are largely wired to sleep well with around 25 years of sleep being the normal amount of time, we will need of sleep per our lifetime. The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are far reaching. While we are still figuring out what exactly happens while we are asleep, it is believed one of the driving factors behind sleep-time is that our brain is cleansing and detoxing. Clearing out old brain cells and helping form new neuron cell connections through a normal cleansing cell process alongside filing away memories and re-living and organising the day’s or certain life events in our dreams. Also, our sleep helps to balance our appetite hormones, liver function and support a healthy immune response.
OUR GUT-SLEEP CONNECTION
The health of our gut and microbiome also influences our ability to sleep well. The production of melatonin (our key sleep neurotransmitter) happens not only in our brain but in our gut. A healthy gut helps a good night sleep by supporting the normal release of our sleep neurotransmitters such as melatonin, dopamine, and serotonin. Having balanced gut flora helps to support everyday health, immunity, mood and sleep.
A healthy gut microbiome helps support our sleep wake cycle. The beneficial gut bacteria that helps everyday neurotransmitter function also work to support our natural sleep pattern in the body. Our friendly gut bacteria supports our circadian rhythm in the body, helping determine the times we will wake and sleep. We know that our gut has a clear communication pathway with our brain, helping form an optimal connection between our mood and sleep cycle.
THE KEY NUTRIENTS FOR GUT AND SLEEP HEALTH
Multi-strain probiotics with 14 strains support everyday gut health, digestion and can act to support a restful night’s sleep. Helping with more than daily digestive health but our sleep well-being too. Probiotics and pure plant omega 3 can both act as additional daytime support for mood and nervous system health.
Re-setting our sleep routine can help in achieving a better night’s sleep. Including the following into our night routine can help set up restful habits for healthy sleep-time.
- A regular sleep schedule, waking up and going to sleep at a similar time including weekends helps our daily circadian cycle, setting up our times for sleep and being active.
- Including relaxation into your bedtime routine, such as dim lighting, turning off phones, computers etc to allow screen free time before bed.
- Temperature control, the ideal temperature for adults to sleep is around 18 degrees. With children often needing a slightly warmer temperature, but not enough to overheat. As we sleep our body temp drops to conserve energy with our lowest body temperature occurring around 5 am in the morning.
- Reducing common sleep stealers such as alcohol, sugar and caffeine which can impact our quality of sleep.
THE SUPER RECOVERY MINERAL FOR SLEEP
The vital mineral magnesium acts as super recovery and sleep support, helping with over 300 cellular functions in the body. Magnesium is responsible for much more than just muscle recovery. Helping relax and assist healthy melatonin levels in the body.
Natural Magnesium helps to supports a good night’s sleep, encouraging a normal sleep wake cycle alongside relaxation for mood and muscle tension. Helping healthy nervous system function, supporting better recovery and our sleep well-being. Naturally sourced bio-active magnesium contains more then just magnesium it has 72 minerals and essential elements for optimal absorption, bone and nervous system health.
Healthy sleep patterns help us to exercise better, have more daytime energy, support mood, helps our gut and immune health, supporting our everyday recovery and whole well-being.