March 16 is World Sleep Day, a day dedicated to the importance of sleep. Along with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of good health. But sadly, most of us aren’t getting enough of it.
The “City That Never Sleeps” refers to New York’s 24-hour lifestyle, constant activity, and the ability to get anything you want at any time. If you want a steak at midnight, you’ll find a list of restaurants open at that hour, and some may even deliver said steak. Need a taxi at 3 a.m. to make an early morning flight at JFK? Stand on any corner of Broadway and you’ll hail a cab in minutes. Though New Yorkers crave this around-the-clock life and get spoiled because of it, being in a 24-hour city does have its drawbacks. Since many areas of Manhattan never go completely dark or quiet, even in the wee hours, getting a good night’s sleep in the city can be a challenge.
Here are a few startling facts:
One in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress and/or anxiety.
Between 40% and 60% of people over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.
And though it shouldn’t come as a surprise, New York is one of the 10 states in which people sleep the shortest each night (only 61.6% of residents are getting at least seven hours of sleep per night). If you don’t live in New York, you can see how your state fares in the study.
If you’re one of the millions not getting enough shut-eye, try implementing any or all of these suggestions to improve the length and quality of your sleep.
• Adhere to a strict sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.
• Aim to sleep seven to nine hours each night.
• Cut out caffeine or don’t consume any food or beverage with caffeine past noon.
• If you can’t fall asleep for 30 min, don’t try to do it any longer. Get up and do something.
• Don’t workout late in the evening. Rather, try and exercise in the mornings or immediately after work.
• Don’t eat a big meal before bedtime.
• Avoid alcohol.
Have you tried all of the above but you’re still not catching the ZZZs you need? I feel you. You could hire a sleep specialist, but before you invest the time, cash and energy, you may want to try Nightly.
Nightly is a sleep app that was designed by scientists and sleep experts, aiming to encourage deep, restful sleep, prevent awakenings and even stop bad dreams. Nightly isn’t like other sleep apps. According to the website, “Nightly combines more than 25 years of scientific knowledge on sleep and implements it with advanced AI-based algorithms to provide an easy-to-use solution to your sleep problems.”
Nightly is not a sleep tracker, but stimulates sleep. How does it work? Simply choose a theme, set an alarm, fall asleep, sleep soundly, and then track your progress. Download relaxing themes like “Meadow,” “Waterfall,” and “Autumn Rain.” These relaxing themes will not only help you get to sleep, but should positively influence your dreams. Keep your smart phone next to you on your bed through the night so Nightly can track your sleep, reduce overnight awakenings, and improve the overall quality of your sleep.
Load the Nightly sleep app on iTunes or Google Play and try it out for 21 days at no cost. After which, it costs $4.99 per month (if you pay monthly) or $2.99 per month for one year ($35.99 one-time payment).
In the ‘City That Never Sleeps, it’s time to get some sleep!
This post was sponsored by Nightly, a sleep app that’s been tried and tested and proven to help individuals fall asleep faster and reduce the number of awakenings. Thank you for supporting the brands that support his blog.
And if you want to sleep well, buy yourself some cozy bedding. 🙂