Over 50 million men and women suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and many more report daily sluggishness, difficultly falling asleep, and trouble sleeping soundly through the night. Over the last 50 years, Americans have been sleeping less and less, while lifestyle demands and chronic stress have been on the rise. Blue light exposure from our phone and computer screens disrupt our sleeping patterns and decrease sleep quality, and the always connected nature of our technology keeps us up way later than is optimal. At a time when we need sleep the most, we're sleeping less than ever and sleeping worse than ever.
Our society doesn't value slowing down. We're in an always connected, always on, always "I need that yesterday," 24/7/365 world. We all suffer for it. People take this same frantic approach to their fitness routines. A pervasive attitude of "no pain, no gain" trickles through the fitness world, to the detriment of those who are trying to hit their goals. Whether we want to admit it of not, quality sleep is the missing ingredient to most people's fitness routines.
Everybody loves an adventure that takes them to a new destination. We invest a lot in our trips. We plan it, pay for it, and take time off of work. Whether we're traveling to explore a new place, close a business deal, or celebrate a milestone traveling gives us the opportunity to expand our horizons. Hopping on a plane to cross timezones is exhilarating, but too often we get sick while traveling, which can definitely hamper your adventure. In fact, researchers have concluded that you're way more likely to catch a cold while traveling --- 20 to 113% more likely.
No one wants their trip ruined by a runny nose and exhaustion. The good news is that we're here to help. Lucid, our sleep optimizer, should be your go to for all things travel. Here's why.
Velvet Antler Extract is a key ingredient in Totem's products. Although Velvet Antler Extract (VAE) has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, it's not a very well known or well appreciated superfood in our culture. Because this ingredient is critical to our product line, we'd like to take some time to introduce to VAE, explain what it is, and tell you about all of its amazing health benefits.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
For being so essential to my own well being, I've always been a terrible sleeper. As a kid, sleepovers gave me crippling anxiety because I was always the last one up, usually in someone's weird basement, and I would spend hours wishing for sleep. I also always found that when I did sleep, I never woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go in the morning.
Recently, I've been doing a lot of research on sleep and its importance in our lives. For being something that we spend almost 25 years of our lives doing, scientists still aren't even sure why exactly we do it. What we do know, though, is that sleep quality and quantity effects everything from our mood (duh), to how we burn fat, how we build muscle, how we perform mentally, how much money we make, how attractive we are, how approachable we appear to be, and even how productive we are. Believe it or not, shorter nights of sleep with delayed onset actually make us hold onto negative thought patterns and negative emotional states for longer periods of time.
Sleep. It's important.
Countless studies have shown that sleep quality and quantity effect every aspect of our lives. The rest we get (or don't) permeates into our lives physiologically, socially, emotionally, and even financially.
We know how critical sleep is to a thriving life, but so few of us get enough sleep. In fact, the CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million American adults have sleep disorders or wakeful disorders (where your poor sleep seeps into your day to day life and negatively effects it). Our modern society both demands higher performance from us, but also robs us of the time and calm mindset needed for a refreshing night of sleep...which is absolutely necessary to performing at your highest level. It's an endless cycle.