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Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is Critical to Your Well-Being

American adolescents and adults simply are not getting enough sleep, and that is a very big problem for their well-being.The CDC calls insufficient sleep a “public health problem,” because lack of sleep can increase an individual’s likelihood of suffering from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Additionally, it can jeopardize your health and productivity during your day-to-day routine.

The Characteristics Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System found that 36.1% of 25–35 year olds fell asleep unintentionally during at least one day in the past month, and that 7.2% of 25–35 year olds had “nodded off or fell asleep” while driving during the past month. Fighting to stay awake at work decreases your productivity, and “nodding off” while driving drastically increases the likelihood of an automobile accident. The National Department of Transportation actually estimates that driving while sleepy is the cause of 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 injuries every year in the US.

Insufficient sleep can clearly have potential long-term and immediate health outcomes, but Americans adolescents and adults are still struggling to get the daily recommended amount of sleep.

The National Institute of Health recommends that adults get 7–8 hours of sleep per night and teens get 9–10 hours of sleep per nights, yet only 31% of high school students slept 8 hours or more. Additionally, a whopping 30% of adults sleep less than 6 hours a night.

Americans need to learn to sleep more and to sleep better so that they can be rested, be more productive, be healthier, and be well. Luckily, there are now a variety of products that allow people to sleep better. Six such products are:

Leesa Mattress — For side sleepers. The Leesa mattress has been specifically designed with materials put less pressure on the hips and shoulders, and allow for you to sleep better throughout the night.

Purple— For back and side sleepers. Purple utilizes 15 patents of cushioning technology to help you sleep better. The Purple helps maintain healthy spinal alignment while you sleep comfortably.

Casper— For all sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers tend to prefer medium firm mattresses, and Casper, by all regards, has the best medium firm mattress for a good night’s sleep.

Nox Smart Sleep Light — The Nox smart sleep light is designed to track your sleeping patterns so that you know how you are sleeping, and how to adjust your schedule for an optimal night’s rest. Nox has also integrated a sleep light and ambient sounds to make you get the best rest possible. The product uses sleep light therapy to aid you sleep better and be well.

Quell Pain Relief — Wearable chronic pain relief (pain lasting longer than 3 months). For those of you whose chronic pain flares up a night, this is the drug free solution! Using clinically proven and patented neuro technology the quell provides pain relief so that you can relax and rest comfortably. It ensures you maximize the time you sleep, and minimize the time you spend worrying about aches and pains.

Chrona Pillow Insert— The Chrona, is designed to be placed unnoticeably inside your pillowcase. It has the ability to track your head movements and torsos to help you learn about your sleep patterns, and whether or not you are getting restful sleep. It also emits a low frequency noise to help you fall into a deep sleep. This is ideal for anyone who has trouble falling asleep.

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier — A humidifier can be beneficial, if not essential, to everyone’s sleep. The increased moisture content in the air will help you sleep more comfortably as well as unclog skin and noses. Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ensures that you can get a full night’s sleep regardless of the time of year or climate.

Originally posted on Medium.

Written by Sara Kasper.

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