How to Sleep “More” with Less Time?

Let’s face it, waking up for work in the morning can sometimes be dreadful. You might say to yourself: “If only I can sleep more…” Or is that possible?

While we can’t slow down time right now, we can still manage this sleep need! Sleeping more on weekends, drinking coffee, or taking quick naps in between work breaks can help. However, there’s something interesting we can have more of without extra time – slow-wave sleeping!

The term ‘slow’ in slow-wave sleep actually refers to the deceleration of our heart rate and breathing when we snooze. We go through different stages of sleep each night, and the slow-wave sleep stage matters a lot. This stage is when the body repairs tissues and strengthen its immune system, which in turn leads us to have a more refreshed sleep. Similar to how we enjoy ice cream better when it’s made with ingredients that’s of more quality, we enjoy a better rest when we have more slow-wave sleep during the night![1] So, how do we do that?

There are a number of ways we can do that. This includes exercising, avoiding caffeinated drinks before bedtime, wearing an eye mask, and increasing fibre intake. But did you know that lavender can also send us longer into the state of slow-wave sleep? Researchers found that lavender can increase people’s slow-wave sleep, helping them to achieve “higher vigor” the following morning.[2]

To incorporate lavender into your life, you can apply a couple drops of lavender essential oil on your temples, neck, or wrists before you hit the bed. Another method involves sprinkling a few drops of it onto a tissue paper and tucking it under your pillow.[3] If you are a foodie, you can also consider including lavender in your diet, such as our SuperCocoa™ Lavender Sleep hot chocolate!

As much as it’s beneficial for us to dedicate ample time to sleep, the quality of our sleep is just as important to make your morning the best it can be!

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