A tough day doesn’t start when we wake up. Often they start as prematurely as the night before, when the mind and body are unable to get a good night’s sleep. Counting sheep, throwing them away and turning them over in the dark is not uncommon. In fact, it has unfortunately become the norm, especially among people with anxiety, stress, or even depression. In the United States alone, the American Sleep Association reports that 35.3% of adults sleep less than seven hours per night.
In our inner circles alone, family and close friends often talk about getting through a full day of meetings and Zoom tasks despite an average of four hours of sleep. Whenever I read posts like these, I imagine the fatigue, lack of concentration, and brain fog that take the edge off their days.
Once upon a time, I subscribed to the mantra: there is no rest for the wicked. It took years before I realized that I was doing more harm than good by depriving my body of the rest it needed. My drive to prove I could function despite getting little sleep also resulted in errors at work, shorter attention spans, and a general disposition that might require a major elevation. It wasn’t until I got out of what I call the ‘dark ages’ that I realized that there was absolutely nothing romantic or poetic about standing until sunrise and spend the whole day looking like the living dead.
Working on sleep issues takes time, research, and discipline. Once you decide to fix the problem, lifestyle changes follow. There are countless studies and tips that really help improve the quality of sleep. And while there is no perfect mold that fits individual lifestyles and schedules, the choices we make throughout the day are complicated, determining our overall condition before hitting the sack. Case in point: Drink more than a few cups of coffee throughout the day and there is a good chance that you will roll over and over at night. When I skip a workout, for example, I know for sure that it will take a little longer than usual for me to doze off. It tells me to always take the time to move.
It is also good to know that there are safe and effective sleeping pills. For years, I have depended on unsettling pharmaceuticals to say the least. There were mood swings, fog, and sometimes even mild depression as a result of sedative-induced sleep. I know someone who takes antihistamines every night and often wonders how it can be good for general well-being. My doctor says melatonin is relatively safe, although I have heard others complain about the development of tolerance over time. CBD or cannabidoil has been the relaxant of choice for some time now, which has done wonders for mood, focus, and energy. It also helped induce a good night’s sleep.
The newest launch of the holistic sleep aid brand SLEEPING SANDY shed light on a new hero ingredient for better sleep, called cannabinol or CBN. Its CEO Josh Townsend explains, “CBD is a very specific cannabinoid that has a stated ability to directly aid sleep. It interacts with the body’s natural chemistry and helps in natural sleep without sedation. It’s very specific and targeted. Like CBD, cannabinol does not intoxicate or get you high. The main difference between the two is that CBD is the result of the oxygenation and breakdown of THC. CBN, however, is formed when THC breaks down and there is exposure to UV rays.
In terms of health benefits, CBN is gaining ground among wellness enthusiasts for its ability to induce sedation. A cannabis testing center called Steep Hill Labs claims that “CBN is the most sedative of all cannabinoids.” An article on Analyticcannabis.com details, “Consuming 2.5 to 5 mg of CNB has the same results as using 5-1 mg of diazepam (Valium).”
The SANDLAND SLEEP team explains that by taking advantage of the properties of CBN, their products are able to “restore your body’s ability to sleep without a hangover or hangover.” Unlike many over-the-counter sleeping pills, SANDLAND doesn’t solve your sleep problems, it does. The statement shared via email made me wonder about melatonin, a staple that I like to keep on hand in case a lavender foot massage and sleep meditation isn’t. enough to knock me down. Townsend says, “Melatonin is a chemical naturally produced by the body. It signals when it’s time to sleep. All of the melatonin sold in stores today is synthetically produced and intended to increase this body’s natural production. Unfortunately, the traditional pharmaceutical culture of “more is better” has resulted in high doses of melatonin. Over time, this inhibits the body’s natural production of melatonin. ”
SANDLAND SLEEP launched in early April. As soon as we heard about this new, natural and innovative wellness brand, I put the Sandland promise to the test. The brand’s first two products, Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep, arrived just in time for the long weekend. It was the perfect time for a weekend where rest and food were the only things on the agenda. “Sandland products can be effective when used as a system or as individual products. You can take Fall asleep 15 minutes before bedtime with Stay Asleep and allow them to work together. You can also take individual products as needed. “
Whether taken alone or together, FALL ASLEEP and STAY ASLEEP fulfill the promise of knocking you out in minutes and resting for hours. I took my first dose on a Friday night and within minutes of taking them sublingually the eyelids felt heavy. The warmth of a BALOO weighted duvet and the force of gravity under the bed soothed all the tensions and stress of days gone by. This is the deepest and most restorative 10 hours of sleep since the outbreak of the pandemic. In Townsend’s words, “No sheep to count.” After that weekend of sleep, I came away invigorated, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.