Olivia Arezzolo is a Sleep Specialist (Bachelor of Social Science – Psychology; Certificate Sleep Psychology, Diploma of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine); Certificate 4 Fitness). As a media expert and sleep coach, Olivia represents Sealy Posturepedic, Ikea, Daily Mail and Women’s Health; providing simple, science based strategies for high performing, time poor women.
A recent Time Magazine article highlights 80% of individuals are struggling to sleep at least once a week. As a result, 38% of people have unintentionally fallen asleep throughout the day in the past 30 days. Whilst conscious, sleep deprivation causes poor concentration, impairs memory and limits motivation – all as a consequence of limited functioning of the brains frontal lobe.
With 31% of individuals reaching for over the counter sleeping pills; there is cause for concern: new users are twice as likely to have an accident whilst driving, and long term users are more likely to experience memory loss, and there is an increase in cancer risk by 35%.
Quality alternatives are needed: and these three are the best of the new offerings in 2020, all backed by science. As a result, you can experience deep, rejuvenating and restful sleep again – without compromising your wellness in the process.
- Sleep and Beyond’s Merino Bedding System. Firstly, merino wool has a 95% compression rate: reducing tossing and turning from pressure points. Further, it’s thermoregulatory fibre draws away sweat from the body, keeping it cool through the evening. In doing so, this maintains the production of melatonin, the hormone to maintain sleep overnight. Particularly for those under stress, merino wool is valuable: body temperature rises as a result of (stress hormone) cortisol. Market leader Sleep and Beyond‘s complete bedding system – pillow, sheets and comforter – will allow you to stay sleeping through the eve – and wake up feeling refreshed.
- Crio Bru‘s Roasted Cacao Beans. With academic journal Nutrients noting an increase between coffee and short sleep; alternatives are encouraged – specifically, roasted cacao. Despite containing some caffeine (15mg, compared to coffee’s 95mg), cacao can deepen sleep: it contains theobromine and magnesium, two compounds which aid muscle relaxation.
- Ebb’s Sleep System with ‘PrecisionCool’ Technology – Ebb is a wearable device created by luminary sleep researcher Dr. Eric Nofzinger who, after decades of research and 3,800 night of sleep studies, found that cooling the forehead reduces activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. As a result, racing thoughts are minimized – so users fall asleep faster and achieve deeper, more restorative sleep. The soft, fluid filled headband uses ‘PrecisionCool Technology’ cools the forehead to the precise temperature needed to facilitate sleep through the evening, and also, reduce morning fatigue.
Article written by Olivia Arezzolo