Getting a good night’s sleep has been pretty hard to come by this past year—let’s just say that. From a global pandemic to the storming of the Capitol in D.C., to thousands of folks losing their jobs and falling on hard times, getting some Zzzs has been the least of our concerns, but it really shouldn’t be.
More and more sleep studies are done each day, proving how vital sleep is in all aspects of our lives. A lack of sleep has been linked to a range of disorders including obesity and type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and arrhythmias, mood disorders, dementia, impaired immune functioning, and loneliness, to name just a few. Getting enough sleep each night is crucial to our well-being and happiness and is something I’ve struggled with for a long time.
It started when I was a freshman in high school. I would toss and turn in my bed until 2 or 3 am, worrying about whichever test or presentation I had the next day, anxious that I would fail or falter miserably. About 14 years later, and I still have occasional bouts of insomnia every so often—worries about a global pandemic certainly hasn’t helped the issue, either. Through years of dealing with insomnia, I’ve become somewhat sleep-obsessed and have tried every tip, technique, and sleep product out there in an effort to calm my anxiety and sleep soundly throughout the night. Below, you’ll find the products that I literally can’t sleep without, as well as ones I’ve heard great things about and am eager to try.
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