Whether we’re out on an early morning bike ride or just taking a walk around the block, it’s pretty clear how much energy the sun gives to keep us up and moving and provide for our brain health. Sunrises aren’t just pretty views (although we love them), they give the energy each organism needs to live and produce that day. And when we’re sipping a glass of wine and looking out at the sunset after work, it’s actually the earth’s way of signaling the day’s end and starting its natural resting period.
Believe it or not, this happens inside of our brains every day. The sun’s energy actually signals our body that it’s time to start the day. At each sunset, our body recognizes that it is time to slow down. This natural process dictated by the sun is called our circadian rhythm and is a key component to our brain health.
Just about every living being on the planet has a cycle dictated by the sun’s rising and setting. Sunset initiates the release of melatonin in mammals (including us). This release is what sets the circadian rhythm and begins the sleep cycle.
So what really happens when we fall asleep at night? A lot of us assume our brains stop being active and function at a more relaxed, less active pace. Believe it or not, it’s the opposite. Our brains are highly active when we sleep, especially at its deepest stages where delta wave propagation is prominent. This is just as important as the brain’s processing period (when we intake information during the day).
Think of your brain as a top of the line race car. It’s designed for performance — during the 10-12 hours you’re racing the car, you’re performing at top level. But when you’re not racing the car, the car is being serviced. That’s exactly what our brains do when we’re sleeping. During our deepest stages of sleep, our brains are servicing themselves. So if our brains are working this hard each night, shouldn’t they be treated like the high functioning, top of the line machines they are?
Even when we do realize the importance sleep has on the brain, there are certain environmental factors that can detrimentally affect its health. Most of us tend to be tied to our phones for much of the day, wind down with an episode of our favorite series on Netflix, or check our emails before bed. This is a change in environment that has become of concern because prior to the development of artificial light (such as cell phone light and computer screens), melatonin was released regularly at day’s end.
Now with our consistent intake of the light that technology emits, we’re stimulated when we should be dedicating our time to chilling out and winding down. Instead, we’re kept up by alerts and disruptions from our phones, which can get in the way of a good night’s rest.
It might seem like there’s only one solution here -- cut the technology. That’s a lot easier said than done, right? That’s where we come in. With Sleep Peacefulli, we support rest without cutting the tech cold-turkey (but reducing our usage before bed does seem like a good idea). We’ve included melatonin directly to support its release.
We also added some extra powerhouses in our formula to not just help you fall asleep, but keep you asleep and wake up refreshed. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that helps dictate how tired we are. We put valerian root into Sleep Peacefulli for its ability to support natural sleep at night. We also decided to add magnesium to support the calming of our muscles and our mind.
Now, we’re able to get back to our circadian rhythm as nature intended. With Sleep Peacefulli, we can unwind at the end of the day and rest easy knowing our minds are working to restore and get ready for another productive day tomorrow. Ready, set, hustle.