Why is Sleep So Important?

According to the National Institute of Health, a good night’s sleep helps improve brain performance, mood, and health. Not getting enough sleep can raise the risk of many diseases and disorders including heart disease, stroke, obesity, and dementia. 

Dr. Maiken Nedergaard has stressed the importance of sleep and how sleep changes with age. Experts, like herself, recommend school-aged children get at least 9 hours of sleep a night, teens should get between 8 to 10, and most adults need at least 7 hours or more of sleep each night (National Institute of Health). 

Getting a good night’s sleep regularly in our fast-changing world can be difficult for teenagers and adults. This may have to do with behavioral contributions that are increasing poor sleep: 

  • More than half of Americans indulge in screen time within an hour of bedtime or even while in bed. 
  • Nearly half of Americans say they aren’t exposed to the recommended levels of bright light during the day and experience too much artificial light (like cell phones) in the evening, which disrupts their internal natural clock. 
  • Physical activity is well known as a key factor for ensuring sound sleep. But more than a third of Americans fall short of the CDC’s recommendations for moderate or vigorous activity.
  • 4 in 10 Americans eat meals at inconsistent times, making it more difficult for their bodies to regulate the sleep/wake process.
  • Self-reported personal stress and overall health have an important impact on sleep, with less stressed and healthier people reporting better sleep.

These results show there are ample opportunities to improve our sleep time and quality. And in many cases only small adjustments are needed for success. Both daytime and nighttime routines and habits can be tweaked to ensure we’re properly taking care of our brains and bodies.

Despite the small adjustments that are needed and guidance provided for how to sleep better, 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and many more experience the physical and mental toll that sleep deprivation can have on the body and brain on any given day. According to McKinsey US research, “Better sleep is the next-highest priority for consumers after better health,” and thanks to wearable technology, consumers have a clearer view of the quality and quantity of that sleep. Most consumers are not getting the recommended daily minimum amount of sleep — an uninterrupted 7 hours for adults and 9 hours for children — to allow for REM.

 

In 2020 alone, more than half of Americans say their sleep has worsened. Consequently, 76% of Americans admitted to purchasing a sleeping supplement to help them fall asleep.

 

Sleeping supplements abound on the shelves of grocery stores, health stores, and maybe even in the cabinets of our own homes. They’re offered in a variety of different ways like pills, gummies and beverages that promise to benefit our health. While many of these supplements can work to support a good night sleep it takes a long time to feel the results:

  • A pill is usually absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract after it is swallowed – once consumed, pills usually take an hour or two to reach the highest concentration in the blood.
  • Melatonin gummies will take between 30-60 minutes to kick in, but everyone’s body is different, so it could be longer or shorter. However, peak melatonin absorption is about 1 hour after you take your gummy. 
  • Sleep drinks activate in your system around 30 minutes after your drink is fully consumed. However, depending on serving size and the consumer’s body, the time to effectiveness may fluctuate. 

Although these supplements have sleep benefits, 3:00 AM is no time to wait for a pill, gummy, or drink to kick in. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep and the faster, better way is to do this with oral sprays. Sprays get quickly absorbed by the body and can deliver the essential ingredients to help you fall asleep in approximately 15 minutes. Not only are sprays fast acting, they are also effective, easy to use, and allow a consumer to have flexible dosing.

Fast Acting – Can-i Wellness oral sprays work 3-6 times faster than pills and gummies, allowing you to feel results in minutes, not hours. Oral sprays contain nano-emulsified ingredients, which means that unlike a typical liquid, the ingredients are already broken down. When the spray is administered in the mouth, the active ingredients are absorbed through the capillaries in the absorbent lining of the mouth and transferred directly to the bloodstream. In contrast, pills, capsules, gummies and beverages need to travel through the gastrointestinal tract, which takes a long time. Therefore, a consumer will feel results and get back to sleep faster with oral sprays.

Effective – Some pills and capsules that contain hard-to-digest binders and fillers may be so difficult to digest that they exit your system before your body has time to absorb any of their nutrients! Even when pills and capsules are digested by the body, you’re typically only absorbing 10% of the active ingredients. For example, to get 1 mg of melatonin, you would need 1 standard oral spray serving. However, you would need 9 gummies to absorb the same amount. 

Oral sprays have a 9 times better absorption rate than pills and gummies. Since they are absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth, the product is highly effective and rapidly absorbed. Oral sprays are ideal for those dealing with digestive disorders that can prevent or hinder nutrient absorption. And, because they don’t require digestion, oral sprays are the naturally gut-friendly way to supplement. 

Oral sprays taste great and are easy to consume without discomfort. They even cut down on the risk of germs and contamination that are inevitable when you handle pills and capsules with your hands. Fun fact: an estimated 40% of American adults do not swallow pills, making oral sprays so much easier to use. As well, they’re compact and portable.

Flexible, Accurate Dosing – With the Molecular Spray System, each dose is precise, giving you the same amount of active ingredient in every single spray. Unlike some liquid spray vitamins, which may spray more or less liquid, depending on how hard you press the nozzle, the patented microliter spray pump provides consistent, accurate dosing. 

Although the recommended amount per serving is 8 sprays, you can easily adjust your dose, by simply spraying fewer or more times. For example, if you wake up at 4 am, the last thing you want to do is take a sleeping pill that will put you to sleep for 8 hours. Rather than fumbling around in the middle of the night trying to cut a pill or capsule in half and waiting hours for it to kick in, you can take a spray or two of Can-i Sleep oral spray, which will have an effect in minutes and put you to sleep for a few hours. You can then wake up feeling refreshed rather than groggy.  

Sleep plays an integral role in health. A good night’s sleep empowers the body to recover and lets you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. As mentioned above, 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and many experience the physical and mental toll lack of sleep can have on the body and brain on any given day. Oral sprays may not solve your sleep deprivation in seconds but it is the faster, and better way to fall asleep that provides several benefits other sleeping supplements do not. Check out how nutrients and vitamins like melatonin, gaba and 5-HTP work to make Can-i Sleep your one and only sleep solution that you need now! 

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