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Sleep Problems: Treating The Underlying Cause

Humans didn’t need lotions, apps or even mattresses for millions of years, and yet they slept naturally. Nutrition and exercise, the two other pillars of health, are also milked by capitalism into billion-dollar industries for stuff we can do by ourselves naturally and with zero investment.

We need to treat the underlying causes of non-sleep and make our body and our environment conducive to it. The sleeping area should be quiet, dark, cool and comfortable. The mind should be quiet and the body relaxed.

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Apart from a few herbs, exercise, and nutritional changes, most sleep-related products are not backed by scientific research. Many people who cannot sleep become dysfunctional as their body triggers alarms, and start to panic. They become gullible to buy anything that the market offers promising better sleep.

Going to bed early without engaging with the phone or TV screens at night, for example, is an effective measure to ensure quality sleep, then buying cooling mattress pads or humidifiers.

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  • According to 2019 research, the amount of money spent on sleep products like mattresses, pillows, tracking devices and lamps globally tops USD 400 billion.
  • Social media, E-commerce websites and even online magazines have jumped on the snooze bandwagon, with pictures, ideas, mantras and articles about sleep.
  • Pinterest has put ‘Sleep Care’ as its 2021 trend, with a surge in keywords like Sleep Yoga, or Night Affirmations Sleep.

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The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have changed our work patterns and made us more sedentary.

Sleep was always neglected but apart from insomniacs and people having sleep disorders, not many talked about getting better sleep earlier, as it was considered a necessary activity constantly disturbing their life (partying, watching Netflix etc.)

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Sleep Demand Is On An All-Time High

Sleep is one of the three pillars of health, along with exercise and nutrition.

The need to sleep better is topping the charts, as app makers and manufacturers struggle to meet the demand for services and products designed for better sleep, like live sleep sessions, weighted blankets, sleep masks, and high-tech mattresses.

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A Restful Environment

Your bedroom should feel like a sleep oasis — stress and distraction-free.

  1. The ideal room is cool and dark. Between 60 and 67 degrees, and the darker the better.
  2. Peace and quiet make for bedroom bliss. 74% of Americans think that quiet is crucial for getting good sleep.
  3. Choose the bedding (and sleep position) that’s best for you. A comfortable mattress is essential for good sleep.
  4. Declutter your bedroom. A messy room could cause sleep disorders.
  5. Pick the perfect pillow. Look for ones that are hypoallergenic.

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Mindfulness In Sleep

Sleep heals our mind and body, but in today’s fast-paced and distracted world, many people are sleep deprived, wreaking havoc on their attention spans, mood and brain functioning. Less sleep also results in weight gain, distress and risk of insomnia.

Mindfulness, or meditation/movement techniques that cultivate awareness and aid rest can tame our never-ending thought patterns, calming our minds for a better sleep.

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Taking A Nap: Sleep Debt

When we constantly get less sleep (even 1 hour less) than we need each night, it is called sleep debt. We may pay for it in daytime drowsiness, trouble concentrating, moodiness, lower productivity and increased risk of falls and accidents.

Although a daytime nap cannot replace a good night’s sleep, it can help make up for some of the harm done as a result of sleep debt.

  • But avoid taking a nap after 3 pm as late naps may stop us getting to sleep at night.
  • And avoid napping for longer than 30 minutes as longer naps will make it harder to wake up and get back into the swing of things.

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