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These days, we hear a lot about the importance of sleep and know that most of us don’t get enough sleep. Recently, LifeWave’s David Schmidt sat down with us to discuss the importance of sleep and what science has to say about how to get better sleep.

Sleep and Its Importance

You’ve heard a lot of reasons why sleep is so important. In the end, it all boils down to two primary states of your body: catabolism (breaking things down) and anabolism (building things up). The body repairs itself during sleep, which is why sleep is so crucial to health and wellness. Nutrition from food is broken down into its components primarily through digestion during catabolism. Using those components, you build healthy cells during anabolism.

Sleep is when you’re most likely to experience anabolism. Getting adequate sleep is crucial. This is the perfect amount for maximizing anabolic processes, not too much or too little. The average person needs 7–9 hours a day to accomplish this. However, many have difficulty doing so. Many people turn to sleep medication, which doesn’t solve the problem because it doesn’t address the cause of their sleeplessness. Sleep-inducing hormones and body functions aren’t being produced by the pineal gland and hypothalamus as they should be. Yes, taking melatonin won’t solve your sleep problems.

How sleep contributes to good health

Sleep prevents disease. A good night’s sleep lowers your risk of disease and slows its progression. Although there are many reasons for this, it certainly relates to the anabolism that occurs during sleep. Your brain is doing the housekeeping, keeping everything clean, and ensuring everything is working properly. Nerve function, communication, and replenishment are all affected if this is taken away.

Sleep, for instance, reduces the amount of beta-amyloid 2, a protein whose accumulation has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a chore you shouldn’t ignore. Your immune system is also boosted by sleep. Sleep promotes the production of melatonin, a hormone that strengthens the immune system and protects the brain and body.

How you react to stress and whether you get sick from a virus are all controlled by the brain and nervous system. In other words, if your brain is not in good shape, the rest of your body will as well. Sleep deprivation and insufficient sleep cause numerous health problems.

Sleep and its impact on the individual

As an example, let’s look at an athlete. In order to repair your body, you need enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body is under more stress. As a result, more cortisol is produced.

You may have trouble building muscle, be prone to injuries, lose mental focus, and store body fat as a result.

Next, let’s make sure that the same athlete gets enough sleep. Fitness goals can now be accomplished more efficiently, resulting in less stress for the participants.

And what about those of us who don’t belong to that club? Athletes push their bodies to the limit, but most of us don’t. Our jobs are sedentary.

To succeed, we must focus, be clear, and perform well. We’ve all experienced those performance declines after a sleepless night. Having too much caffeine can increase cortisol and inhibit melatonin, so we compensate with too much caffeine. However, we can argue that caffeine in moderation can even be beneficial. The ideal state is to run naturally.

Good sleep depends on three factors

Getting more sleep isn’t the only goal here. Quality sleep is also important. Here are three things to consider:

Being able to sleep at the appropriate time

Getting enough sleep (not too much or too little)

The ability to sleep deeply and effectively through all sleep cycles

When these goals are accomplished, we wake up refreshed with more balanced hormones, better body composition, and overall better health.

Optimal sleeping conditions

We need to determine what type of environment promotes better sleep in order to optimize sleep quality.

In order to avoid catabolism and anabolism occurring at the same time, avoid eating too close to bedtime. It is ideal for your food to be digested (catabolism) before you go to bed where anabolism takes place.

In addition, you should avoid stimulants such as caffeine and cortisol. The stress hormone cortisol is a stimulant. Additionally, it is your body’s “wake-up” hormone. 

Don’t do anything to increase cortisol before bedtime, such as intense exercise, caffeine, or whining about your stressful day. Try to relax.

 

However, the sleep process goes beyond these fundamentals.

Sleep – How It Works

Getting better sleep often requires changing our usual sleep procedure as we age. It may have been okay at one time for you to watch television, use social media, or listen to loud music.

However, as you age, these factors can have a greater impact on your sleep. To sleep well, we should put away our electronic devices 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime.

Additionally, these devices send and receive data even when they are turned off. The data on all “active” devices travels as energy (radiation), which means that sleeping near one could disrupt your normal sleep.

According to the CDC, something as seemingly harmless as room light can affect your circadian rhythm and impact your sleep. People naturally wind down as visible light diminishes, but interior lighting counteracts this natural brain cue.

LifeWave members like David Schmidt can vouch for it. Light at low levels can have a number of interesting effects, including inhibiting melatonin. Others, however, can stimulate the production of melatonin.

Getting a better night’s sleep

Additionally, clinical research shows that little steps such as wearing socks to bed can improve sleep. This can result in a 30 minute increase in sleep duration.

Among other strategies, there are:

  • Warm milk is effective because in the brain tryptophan is converted to serotonin and melatonin.
  • Magnesium relaxes the nervous system and promotes relaxation by switching the body into a parasympathetic state.
  • Green tea contains theanine, which relaxes the nervous system.
  • Taurine calms down the brain, preventing overthinking and racing thoughts.

It’s important to remember that sleep tricks that work for one may not work for another, since they only work if they address the specific reasons you’re not getting enough sleep. The answer to that varies from person to person, and it may even change during your lifetime.

LifeWave Solution by David Schmidt

As a health technology company, LiveWave provides solutions to promote health and wellness, among which a good night’s rest is paramount.

It takes the form of patches that are designed based on how science says we can sleep better. The patented phototherapy patches from LifeWave are not meant to be a stand-alone solution but rather an aid to more restful and revitalizing sleep.

There is no single sleep solution that will help everyone, as we discussed. It all comes back to the causes of sleep problems, which are individually determined. You may need to experiment with one or more sleep solutions to see which works best for you.

Silent Nights, Alavida, and Aeon Patch are three of the patented phototherapy patches made by LifeWave that might help you sleep better. The patches tackle sleep-related issues in different ways.

LifeWave’s Silent Nights

Based on a small pilot study of LifeWave Silent Nights patches, two of five participants saw a 202% increase in melatonin production and serotonin production increased across all participants.

In contrast to melatonin supplements, LifeWave patches stimulate the skin with a specific wavelength of light, balancing out the body’s own hormone production.

Using the patches for two weeks led to a sleep improvement of over two hours compared with a one hour improvement in the placebo group in a subsequent double blind study.

As you can see, this represents a wide margin of statistical significance – the kind that tells scientists they’re onto something. Without putting any medication into their bodies, the patch group experienced a 66% increase in sleep.

LifeWave’s AEON Patch

Similar to the Aeon patch, the Aeon patch transmits its own unique wavelength through the skin. Clinical studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation and nerve stress. The majority of people use this during the day, but those with sleep problems due to chronic pain, inflammation, or stress may find it helpful.

The Alvida Patch by LifeWave

It transmits wavelengths that reduce oxidative stress on the body and activate the frontal lobe, which houses reasoning and emotions. It may also improve sleep for some users. As a result of uncontrolled oxidative stress, several diseases and aging are accelerated.

Sleeping Healthy

You can’t deny the importance of sleep to your health and wellbeing. There are, however, a number of reasons why you may not be sleeping as well as you should. Lifestyle changes can help you to sleep better and stay asleep longer.

 

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