Today, far too many of us are suffering from sleep insufficiency. Not enough sleep or sleep that's not restful or refreshing. Here's a little "cheat sheet" for assessing the quality of your sleep. If any of these factors apply to you - we'd encourage you to contact your doctor or medical professional for further assessment.
1) Do you get 6-8 hours of sleep every night?
2) Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep?
3) Do you wake up more than 3 times a night?
4) Can you go back to sleep easily after you wake up?
5) Do you feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning?
Sleep is highly essential, especially during the stressful times we are living in today. During sleep our bodies goes through balancing and building processes which clear out toxins, lower inflammatory and stress mediators and increase activity of regenerative hormones.
During a healthy night's sleep the body goes through 5 cycles of sleep. Each cycle consists of four stages (1) a transition phase between wakefulness and sleep (2) non-rapid eye-movement sleep in which our body temperature starts to drop (3) the deepest level of sleep where most body tissue and muscle repair occurs and (4) rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, when dreams occur. Some of us fail to move into these deeper levels of sleep and live most of our lives not knowing that our sleep and our health is at risk. That is why having the ability to connect with a trained sleep medical professional can be so helpful.
Reem Sharhan is a Naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University, and is the recipient of the Soaring Heart Endowed Scholarship for 2019-20. We are happy to have her contribute to our blog posts as her studies allow!
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Are you ready for the New Year? We sure are - and we've stocked our shelves and cleaned out our closets so we're ready too!
Our #1 New Year's resolution is to fill the year ahead with outstanding customer service. No one likes to find out something out of stock or an order will delayed for weeks. Rest assured if we build it - we can deliver it.
It's never too late to order our gift card online or over the phone. You pick the amount - $25 - sure, we can do that. What's enough for a great pillow - $100? You stick to your budget and we will help find the perfect sleep gift for you and yours.
Happy holidays form your friends at Soaring Heart!
We all know it - this year's holidays are clearly not going to be normal. But kudos to Washington State University for their insightful survey about the upcoming holiday shopping season. For a quick read see the link below - but a couple high level conclusions include:
1) Shopping helps people feel normal in today's not-so-normal world.
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