It’s Sleep Awareness Week! So we’re sharing some important facts around sleep and some helpful hints for improving your quality of sleep.
3 Shocking Stats About Sleep Loss
1: Lack of sleep causes an increase in heart attacks and heart disease
A study from the University of Warwick Medical School which evaluated data from 470,000 participants over 7-25 years concluded that if you sleep less than six hours per night you have a 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease, and a 15% greater chance of developing or dying from a stroke. 
2: Many do not think about the hours of sleep they need
A National Sleep Foundation poll conducted in 2018 found that 60% of surveyed American’s do not take into account how much sleep they need before they go to bed. This suggests that many do not make an effort to get the proper amount of sleep. 
3: Lack of sleep is as dangerous as drinking and driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s estimations, the crash risk associated with driving on less than 4 hours of sleep is comparable to the crash risk associated with having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit. 
Now that we’ve looked at some statistics, here are 3 easy hacks to help you get a better night’s sleep:
1: Get a good amount of vitamin D
A study based on the sleep patterns of 89 people showed that use of a vitamin D supplement improved sleep quality, reduced sleep latency, increases sleep duration and improves sleep quality.  If you live in a place that lacks sunlight, make sure to eat lots of vitamin D rich foods, or find a supplement that works for you.
2: Treat yourself to a morning reward
Try setting a sleep goal, and if you hit it, reward yourself with a treat. For example, if you set a goal to sleep 8 hours, for every night that you get a full 8 hours of sleep, reward yourself with your favourite latte in the morning or something else you enjoy. Setting goals with small rewards can help you stay motivated to prioritize sleep.
3: Have a routine, big or small
Set a pre-bedtime routine and stay consistent with it. Having a consistent routine before bed helps train your brain that it’s time to wind down, and can help you fall asleep much faster. Even something as simple as taking 5-10 minutes to stretch and meditate, or maybe taking 5 minutes to journal about 3 good things that happened throughout the day in order to end the day on a positive note.
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For Sleep Awareness Week 2019, we want to give you the proper rest you need to avoid some of the dangerous consequences of poor sleep, so we are offering 15% off all mouthpieces when you use the coupon code SAW. This offer ends March 16, 2019.
We also want to support those who lack the conditions for proper sleep by partnering with Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), an 100% charitable organization that donates bedkits to those in need. We have previously partnered with SCAW, and are passionate about giving back and spreading better sleep all around the globe. To support this mission, we will be donating $1 for every mouthpiece sold to SCAW during Sleep Awareness Week!