NEW STUDY: Not Sleeping Enough Linked To Early Onset Of Dementia
Ever wondered what kind of knock-on effect not getting enough sleep can have? Everything from your memory to your mood can be affected if you don’t get enough shut-eye, BUT what's most shocking, is that there are studies showing how lacking the sleep you need can increase your chances of developing dementia, too.
But before you reach over for the sleeping pills, long-term use of those can have a negative effect on your health, and there are studies showing that using sleeping pills increase your chances of developing cancer!
So, we’ve pulled together some of the most recent studies on sleep and how important it is for the functioning of your brain, as well as the dark side of sleeping pills. But don’t worry, we're strong believers in how important good sleep is for our health and wellness, which is why we’ve created a range of products that will help you drift off into a deep sleep, naturally.
Sleep & Dementia
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that those that had less than 5 hours sleep a night had a greater risk of dementia and early death. This study highlights the importance of sleep for both the body and the mind, and the side-effects of not getting enough shut-eye run deeper than feeling tired the next day!
Sleep & Cognitive Function
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario recently conducted a large sleep study, with some 40,000 people, and their founding showed that those who slept for around 7-8 hours performed better cognitively than those who slept less.
What was most startling to the researchers was that around half of the participants recorded that they slept for less than 6.3 hours a night, and their cognitive performance was as if they were nine years older than they were!
Sleeping Pills & Cancer
As a third of Americans struggle with insomnia, it’s common to turn to sleeping pills to help you get the rest you need. However, using sleeping pills can have the same disastrous effects that not sleeping can have. Long-term effects showed that there was an effect on people’s memory and attention after taking sleeping pills, and even more shocking is that those who took sleeping pills are found to be more likely to get cancer than those who didn’t.
Natural Alternatives: For Better Sleep, And A Naturally Better You
Rather than struggling to get more than 5 hours sleep each night, or reaching for those sleeping pills in a desperate attempt to drift off, here are 4 alternatives you should try!
1. Dream Lotion
Our Dream Lotion has been specifically formulated to help you fall into a deep sleep, fast. With premium-grade lavender, almond, cedarwood and bergamot oil, it works to promote deep relaxation of both the body and the mind.
2. The 4-7-8 Technique
Inhale, Exhale, Relax. The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique, pioneered by US sleep expert and founder of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine’s Dr. Andrew Weil, can send you into a blissful sleep in under 60 seconds, significantly reduce your levels of stress and relax the body and mind.
3. Pure Rest
Our essential oil roller works to induce a soporific effect using the essential oils of lavender, cedarwood and ylang-ylang to increase serotonin levels and encourage the production of dopamine.
4. Herbal Remedies
Over on the blog we’ve listed the 4 herbs that can help you sleep quicker. Powerful herbs such as valerian can help stimulate the brains GABA receptor, which helps to release sleep-inducing chemicals. This shows that natural ingredients are as effective as sleeping pills, without the nasty side effects.
When it comes to sleeping well, your health and life are in the balance, meaning you should place the utmost importance on making sure you get enough sleep. Using our natural, proven and tested products can help you live better, naturally, avoiding the nasty chemicals in over-the-counter sleeping pills, and the deadly effects of not sleeping enough. Try them for yourself and see!
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