Sleep is one of the most important parts of staying healthy. From healthier skin and hair to a boosted immune system, a solid night of sleep has benefits that range from cosmetic to life-preserving.
However, according to data gathered by the Advisory Board, most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. Americans are either putting more importance on other aspects of life (such as work) or struggling to fall asleep due to mild to serious sleep disorders and conditions.
Not only does this lack of sleep add up in the form of dark undereye circles, and brain fog, but missing out on those Z’s can have some harsher consequences over time, such as hair loss and even a shorter lifespan.
Why is sleep so important?
We’re taught that quality is better than quantity. But, when it comes to sleep, quality and quantity are just as important. When we sleep our body repairs itself, releasing growth hormones (like melatonin which has been shown to increase hair growth). However, in order to enter that repair sequence, our body needs a solid, consecutive number of hours at rest (7 – 9, according to Harvard Health). When that sequence is interrupted (especially continually), our bodies can’t fully rest and repair, meaning everything from the inside out suffers.
Make sleep a priority in your routine
The first step to ensuring your body gets those consecutive hours of rest it needs is bumping sleep up your priority list. At first, it may take a bit of getting used to, but once you start to feel the rejuvenating effects, you'll start to naturally protect your sleep!
–> For those still struggling, try to create a soothing bedtime routine, like taking a warm bath, practicing meditation or even deep reading.
But what about those who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, restless legs and the like? This is where the real danger is, as likely no amount of changing your routine will help you fall asleep and then stay asleep through the night.
How natural sleep supplements can help you sleep better
Sleep aids come in many forms, from the powerful (but side-effect heavy) prescription medications, to sleep supplements gathered from nature but backed by science.
Because the FDA doesn't control any claims on sleep supplements, it's very important to consider the ingredients of any sleep supplement you take.
Natural ingredients that aid in sleep, according to studies, are:
Lemon Balm, passion fruit, and lavender have also been shown to ease people to sleep.
Each of these ingredients works in different ways to encourage the body to relax and sleep. Some promote deeper periods of sleep, while others decrease 'sleep latency' or the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep.
Harness the power of Beauty Sleep
Built from the 'bed' – up, our sleep supplements are specially formulated with ingredients found in nature. With relaxing herbs like chamomile and lemon balm and the calming amino acids L-theanine and GABA, beauty sleep just got a little prettier. 😉
By lowering stress, i.e., cortisol levels (a big culprit behind hair loss), your body can relax, sleep and repair better through the night. And that's the most important part of beauty sleep!
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