Sleep is probably the most important thing for our health because these are the yielding hours where our body can fully recover. The immune system strengthens, our muscles grow (if probed) and we overcome sickness. However, many people struggle with sleep. But whose fault is it?
The causation of poor sleep is usually down to a few of the following:
- exposure to blue light at night
- poor sleeping cycles and habits
- not enough exercise before sleep
If you do these habits often, then it is probably your own fault that you have trouble sleeping.
Exposure to blue light comes in the form of smartphones, laptops and televisions. They’re all amazing, and we have more technology in our grasps than we have ever done before as a human race. However, the problem is when you read your Facebook news feed before you go to bed, because the reflection of blue light from your phone on your face is interfering with your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
This is because our bodies are not supposed to be seeing this powerful, bright light beaming on us before we go to sleep, and is, therefore, halting the natural release of the hormone melatonin - essential for falling asleep.
Habits are what we do on autopilot, on a daily basis, without thinking about it. If you have poor sleep habits, therefore, you are going to be restless throughout the day and this is going to have a serious impact on your life. Therefore, it is important to habituate yourself into a sleeping routine which is repeatable and suitable for your lifestyle. If you’re sleeping at different times throughout the day, then you’re doing yourself no favors.
Take responsibility, set yourself a consistent routine for sleepy time.
Drinking alcohol dehydrates your body and affects the deep sleep phase (REM) which is the most restorative and important part. Eating big meals, too, can cause discomfort and indigestion - making it difficult to sleep. Try to avoid eating heavily before you go to sleep, and if you’re still hungry then it may be worth having a little snack 45 minutes before.
Not exercising enough during the day means that your body doesn’t secrete the healthy and important hormones, which relate to your sleep cycle. Without getting sufficient exercise, you are also missing out on using your excess energy stores. Restlessness is usually a sign that your body needs some movement and a change in routine. Take note.
Interesting fact: the average person gets less than seven to eight hours per night - around six-and-a-half hours per night -which equates to around 99 days per year.
By wearing the stylish Swannies blue light blocking glasses an hour and a half before you fall asleep, you are preventing yourself from being exposed to blue light, allowing your body to naturally release that blissful melatonin. Even better, you can watch your favorite TV programs, whilst wearing the Swannies, and not have the blue screen affect your sleep. Nice.
The truth is that our bodies are not used to the exposure of blue light. In fact, blue-light has only existed for around 200 years - a blink on human evolution and our development and adaption as a species, which is why the Swannies are so imperative to your sleep.
Exercise will exhaust you in a natural way so you can fall asleep with ease. It will also promote the release of your body’s natural hormones, helping you stay healthy, as well as rejuvenating your cells.
Call to action: go to the gym and pump out a weights session. Or if that’s not your thing, go for a run around your block and see your neighborhood.
Have yourself a nightly ritual before you fall off to sleep. Try a relaxing bedtime routine conducted away from blue light from your phone, laptop or TV, 90 minutes before you go to sleep. Or if that's a tall order, then simply buy our Swannies blue-light blocking glasses. This will enable your body to release melatonin and will help you feel sleepy and relaxed before bed.
Get creative, try meditation or reading a book. This could be your time to debunk from stress and discover yourself spiritually.