144 million Americans admit to not sleeping well. (Sleep Health Foundation 2011).
And 70 million have a diagnosed sleep disorder. (National Institutes of Health 2015, Sleep Health Foundation website).
The problem of tired teens is a public health epidemic. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014).
87% of High School students get far less than their needed sleep. (National Sleep Foundation).
There's a 40% higher crash rate for 16-18 year olds whose schools start at 7:20 versus 8:40. (Robert Verona, sleep doctor at Eastern Virginia Medical School).
Science has linked regular lack of quality sleep to everything from depression and diabetes to weight gain and heart disease. (Sleep Health Foundation Australia 2015).
A lack of sleep among the U.S. workforce is costing approximately $411 billion and 1.2 million working days per year. (RAND Europe study reported by Fortune magazine).
Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don't realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing. (DrowsyDriving.org_.
Researchers at the University of Sydney found that wool gives a 25% better sleep. (University of Sydney & Australian Wool Innovation. Reported in The Telegraph, UK).
In the Australian Medical Journal, P.R. Dickson reported that sleeping on a sheepskin wool underlay allowed people to wake more refreshed and have less interrupted sleep. (6th International Textiles, Clothing and Design Conference, 2012. 'Wellness attributes of wool textiles', presented by Dr.Paul Swan and Pier-Giorgio Minazio).
Wool's high nitrogen and water content makes it naturally flame resistant. Wool does not ignite easily and will often self-extinguish. Wool produces less smoke and toxic fumes during combustion than synthetic fibres, making it a far safer choice for interiors such as carpets and bedding. (International Wool Textile Organization, 'Wool and Flame Resistance Fact Sheet).
Wool is without doubt, the world's most superior fiber for bedding. It can absorb 35% of its own weight in moisture. (Australian Wool Innovation, 2015).
Tencel® absorbs moisture in a controlled and regular manner, offering a 50% improvement in moisture management than cotton. (Technical textiles, Botanic Fibers, Lenzing 2015).
Made from the pulp of sustainably farmed eucalyptus trees, Tencel® uses 80% less land and 50% of the water that cotton fields need to produce the same amount of fiber. (Lezinger Berichte, 85, 2006, 22-30, 'The functional properties of Tencel®).
Researchers at a Swiss Sleep Lab found that warming your feet in bed helps tell your brain it's time to sleep. (Get A Good Night's Sleep, sleepcouncil.org.uk 2015).
Sleeping hot is common with synthetic mattresses. (Sleep Like The Dead, Consumer Complaint Poll Research, April 2015).
“Those patients who received aromatherapy reported significantly greater improvement in their mood and perceived levels of anxiety” (Journal of Advanced Nursing, Dunn C, Sleep J & Collett D).
“Lavender placed on elderly patients pillows…Sleep quality improved in 84% and increased daytime activity levels and alertness in 70% of patients.” (Hudson (1996)).
“Diffusion of sandalwood oil showed steady and sustained declines in anxiety over a 4 week period.” (Kyle (2006)).
“Bergamot essential oil is widely employed in aromatherapy, and has recently received renewed popularity in improving mood and mild symptoms of stress-induced disorders (Halcon, 2002) and facilitating sleep induction (Wiebe, 2000). Aromatherapy massage has been shown to relieve symptoms of anxiety in patients with cancer (Wilkinson et al., 2007)."
“Binaural beats can help change brainwave patterns to make you feel less anxious”. (Research presented at the International Ambulatory Surgery Congress in Seville, Spain, 26th April 2005. Authors R. Padmanabhan, A. J. Hildreth and D. Laws).
“In their never-ending quest to find a winning edge, NFL teams are turning their players on to the most accessible and natural performance-enhancer: a good night’s sleep”. (Muscle and Medicine, 2015).
"If you were to change your sleeping hours from 6 or less per night to what you should be getting, the improvement would show in how you look after just 2 weeks". (Michael Breus, PHD and Board Certified Sleep Specialist).
"There is a direct link between sleep and a student's academic performance. Sleep is necessary for brain development and optimal mental processing". (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, American Sleep Association).
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