March 14th, 2021 was the second Sunday in March this year, which means one thing: Daylight Savings. We sprung our clocks forward and gained an hour of daylight back. However, the welcome addition of another hour of sunlight does mean one thing that no one likes to hear. We lose one hour of sleep. Which for many, it meant extra coffee, weird eating patterns, and boy, do we all need naps. What you might not know about Daylight Savings Time though, is that it’s also the start of National Sleep Week.
National Sleep Awareness Week was created by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 1998 to educate the public about sleep health. Every year there is a theme and this year’s is “Celebrate Sleep Health”, so we’re doing just that by sharing the benefits of a good night’s sleep and some ways to create a perfect (for you) sleep routine with the help of our award-winning RESET Restore CBN!
I get it, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything you want to get done. So, if you’re like me, you just keep going until you’re falling asleep at your computer halfway through your never-ending to-do list. Sleep just never feels like a priority when you can chase the sleepiness away with a large coffee. And we’ve all heard that a good night’s sleep will brighten your mood and make you feel more productive through the day, but have you heard about the more serious health benefits of getting a full night’s rest?
Let’s talk about those lesser-known health benefits.
Especially now with everyone working from home and wearing masks, our immune systems have become a huge talking point. People share their secrets to boosting their immune systems all the time – different vitamin regimes, the best times to eat, what tea to drink – but what if the biggest tip was right under your nose the whole time? What if you just had to sleep more?
Benefits of Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
The proper amount of sleep helps rest the cells and proteins in your immune system to be able to do their job. Also, a timely piece of information, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep develops stronger antibody responses in vaccines. Also, improved heart health can be attributed to sleep as well. When you don’t get enough sleep your body is forced to release cortisol, which is a stress hormone that essentially pushes your heart to work harder. Too much cortisol can be a bad thing potentially lead to high blood pressure or even heart attacks.
Have you ever felt that your memory is getting worse? Where you’re having a hard time remembering what word you wanted to say or what you were about to do? People call it “brain fog” when you’re forgetting simple things – and it can be directly related to a lack of sleep. If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not allowing your brain to process thoughts and memories from that day. Some sleep-deprived people have even been known to create “false” memories.
If you have a big project at work coming up, don’t skip out on sleep to get it all done at once. Eight hours of sleep can help with concentration and high cognitive function, which leads to extra productive days. And, if you get a full night’s rest the night before, you won’t be looking for that afternoon pick-me-up that could add another day to the cycle of poor night’s sleep.
If I’ve convinced you to start trying to get a full night’s rest moving forward, let’s take a look at some habits you can use to create a night routine that leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning!
RESET Your Night Routine
Prep for the next day:
Help yourself out the night before! Pick what outfit you want to wear and set it out the night before, make a to-do list of top priority items to take care of first thing in the morning so you’re not laying awake stressing about them. Keep that notepad by your bed so if you think of something else– you can write it down and save it for later. The less you have to worry about the next morning, the better you’ll feel when you get out of bed.
Set the mood:
Probably the most important thing, make sure you’re feeling peaceful as you’re getting ready to go to sleep. Listen to calm music – streaming services like Spotify have preset playlists by mood and could also help you find your next favorite artist! – take a hot shower, or meditate. Whatever you do that helps you feel at peace, make sure you set time for yourself to be able to enjoy it.
Create a nightly ritual without electronics:
You’ve probably heard this one a lot. But in general, blue light is not good for your best ZZZs. It reduces melatonin – the natural hormone that helps you relax. But as research shows the harsh effects blue light can have on your body, products are out there to help combat the negative effects of blue light on your body and mind. Blue light blocking glasses and phone screen protectors are available almost everywhere now to help you throughout the day. But at bedtime, try to continue best practices and turn your phone on night mode.
Instead of scrolling Twitter, grab that book that your friends keep telling you to read. Keep a journal by your bed so when you’re winding down you can take a second to write down your thoughts from the day, or any creative ideas you had and you don’t want to forget.
Add a dropper of RESET Restore CBN to your favorite evening drink:
Recently awarded the Men’s Health Magazine CBD Award for the “Fastest Acting CBN” product, our RESET Restore CBN is water-soluble, meaning you feel the effects four times more than any other product! CBN stands for cannabinol, a cannabinoid that comes from hemp plants which we think is a perfect addition to a nighttime routine for better relaxation. Its amazing Blueberry Dream flavor makes it a great addition to your evening water, tea, or it can even be taken by itself! Just take a dropper and let the CBN do its work!
RESET Restore CBN can’t do all the heavy lifting though, you’ll need to make sure you’re RESETting your nighttime Ritual with a combination of the other tips and tricks.