Did you know that 23% of the whole adult population in the world have trouble sleeping due to stress and anxiety?
If you take the Netherlands alone (hello), 25% of adults have trouble sleeping (source: Statistics Netherlands). 50 to 70 million of Americans have a sleep disorder.
35% of adults don’t get enough sleep.
In 1942, the average American slept 7.9 hours every night end, while only 6.8 hours a night in 2013. That was only 6.8 hours a night. That’s a 13% decrease in sleep, which goes to show the impact of our stressful and busy lives on our sleep patterns and sleep schedule.
Lack of sleep can have devastating effects on our health.
Those include depression, reduced attention span and brain activity, weight loss/gain.
It’s also linked to mood swings, obesity, heart disease, diabetes. It’s quite clear that consistent good nights sleep are crucial for our health.
Quite a few people have come to me recently (including in our community the Conscious Cannabis Club) to share their (bad) sleep stories with me.
To be clear: the sleep is bad, not the stories.
Because it is so important to get some decent sleep I hope to help by sharing a really easy-to-implement tip which can make a big difference: PUT THE PHONE DOWN. TURN OFF YOUR TV/TABLET/COMPUTER. GET AWAY FROM ALL SCREENS.
Did I mention PUT THE PHONE DOWN?
Why, you ask?
All screens send out blue light. Blue light reduces the production of our sleep hormone called melatonin. That’s the hormone that makes us feel sleepy. So when you are constantly looking at a screen, you don’t feel sleepy anymore. Screens and blue light contribute hugely to sleep disorders today.
This is really, really important: every night, at least 30 minutes before bed (ideally a whole hour), turn off all screens. Set your alarm (I leave my phone in the other room and use an alarm clock to reduce temptation) and put your phone away.
Do this for 21 days in a row to create a sustainable habit that will change your life. I said it was easy-to-implement, not that it would be easy… You will need to be a little strict with yourself, especially if you suffer from a phone addiction (don’t we all…).
My no-phone rule (both evenings and mornings) has genuinely changed my life. As a daily conscious cannabis smoker though, I will struggle to get to sleep without a joint.
For those days, and all of my sleepless friends (old and new), I created the herbal tea blend Nuit.
Do you struggle to get to sleep?
Do you toss and turn, juggling too many thoughts to fall asleep?
Do you wake up feeling tired, not rested?
Nuit will help you, too. Don’t take my word for it though, check out our glowing testimonials here.
ps. phone down. now.