Is a lack of sleep sabotaging your body?

Is a lack of sleep sabotaging your body?

Sleep. It’s the ultimate restorer, and crucial for our bodies to function optimally. Yet, about 35 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep, let alone good quality sleep.

TThe reason: Too many of us can’t relax after the end of a long day or get in the right head space to fall into the proper sleep cycles, including delta sleep, the regenerative portion of nightly rest.

A lack of sleep can not only lead to the obvious, like grogginess and a sluggish feeling come morning, but it can also increase the risk of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Not to mention it can really do a number on the vitality of your skin.

Don’t want to go one more night without a good night’s rest? We don’t blame you. That’s why we always make sure to keep these sleep essentials on hand.

  • Hush & Hush MindYourMind

    Yes, one pill (or two) can make a huge difference in how you sleep. Count this luxury supplement as the end-all-be-all when it comes to relaxing and clearing your mind so you can rest. Completely void of melatonin and artificial ingredients, this all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, de-stressing and calming product helps set the stage for a restful night’s sleep. Hush & Hush MindYourMind ($65)

  • Insight Timer App

    Deemed on of the best apps of the year by Time magazine and Women’s Health, this meditation app blends the insight of the world’s leading mindfulness, meditation and psychologist experts to bring you endless ways to calm the mind, reduces stress and improve the quality of your sleep. Insight Timer App, $9.99 per month, insighttimer.com

  • The Woodhouse Spa Deep Sleep Massage

    This 80-minute sleep-inducing massage is a must for the shut-eye deprived. It starts with a deeply relaxing head, neck, shoulder and back massage with warm aromatherapy oils to calm the mind. Once you’re blissed out, the massage continues with a tea ritual while relaxing on a heated herbal compress to help you further decompress. The Woodhouse Spa Deep Sleep Massage, $135, woodhousespas.com

  • Baloo Weighted Blanket

    The idea behind weighted blankets is that they help instill a state of calm since they are filled with pellets or beads that add bulk and weight for added pressure. Fans of weighted blankets often find the pressure to be relaxing against the body, which makes for a more comfortable, restful sleep. Baloo Weighted Blanket, $169, amazon.com

  • slip for beauty sleep 'Slipsilk' Pure Silk Sleep Mask

    The darker your room, the better you’ll sleep since a dim space is known to incite healthy sleep. We like slipping this 100-percent pure silk mask over our eyes before drifting off to dreamland. slip for beauty sleep ‘Slipsilk’ Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50, nordstrom.com

  • Hope Gillerman Natural Rest Sleep Remedy

    Roll or dab this herbal-scented oil on your wrists and neck to help you fall asleep. Organic essential oils like lavender vera, blood orange and clary sage acts almost like a nightcap and gently create a relaxing effect. Hope Gillerman Natural Rest Sleep Remedy, $48, thedetoxmarket.com