On reading this headline, my first thought was, “what a strange thing to celebrate.” I then thought about it a bit more and concluded that a good sleep definitely deserves its own special day and a big celebration for sure. World Sleep Day is celebrated on the 18th of March. It’s an annual event intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep.
How many of you struggle to fall asleep? How many of you can honestly say that you had a proper night’s sleep? Just falling asleep doesn’t necessarily mean a good sleep. How many of you can say that they woke up rested? I can’t remember the last time I had a proper full night of uninterrupted sleep and woke up adequately rested. Probably in my twenties. I’m one of those who will toss and turn all night and wake up feeling even more tired. It would be SO amazing to fall asleep in the evening and wake up in the morning at the sound of my alarm clock. Don’t you agree?
Why do we need sleep?
Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Not enough sleep can reduce cognition, delay reactions and cause mood shifts. Lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk for certain diseases and medical conditions too such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, poor mental health, and early death.
What can affect the quality of our sleep?
- Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
- Irregular sleep schedule: going to bed and waking up at different times or having lie-ins. This confuses your body’s rhythm.
- Too much napping in a day
- Sleeping environment: too much light, too hot a room or a noisy environment might keep you awake
- Going to bed hungry or on a full stomach
- Not doing enough exercise during the day
- Worries and stress
- Mobile phones: the blue light emitted by our mobile screen restrains melatonin production, the hormone that controls our sleep-wake cycle
- Health issues, sleeping disorders, and medication
How Calming Wax Melts helped Teddy the Fox terrier to sleep
Jitka knows Teddy, his sister Rosie & their mum Sue for years. Rosie came a long way from hating grooming and hating to be touched by strangers, to tolerate it. Recently we received an email from Sue:
” Teddy has been barking in the night over the past few months to the point I have to stay with him all night to get any sleep. I tried your Calming Wax Melts, and they worked like a charm! From the first night, he was quiet and slept all night – and I got a proper night’s sleep!
Last week, he had an operation to remove two lumps – he looks a mess but on the mend, but again they have helped keep in calm and enabled him to rest and aid his recovery. As you know, he is a lively wire fox terrier who loves play and mischief, but they have defiantly chilled him. I have to say Rosie is also more chilled, so thank you!”
This lovely feedback made our day!
Even though Vita Canis products were originally produced for dogs, they’re helping dog parents as well. We’re getting fabulous feedback from our lovely customers daily and the improved quality of sleep is often mentioned. Just a few drops of Comfort Blend on a pillow have helped many people with insomnia (just be aware that the blend will leave an oily stain on your pillow).
Also, Calming Floral Spray has helped many people relax before falling asleep, and more recently, our Calming Wax melts have helped others improve their sleep. Calming essential oils in these products help us to slow down our breathing and heart rate and balance our nervous system. The lovely smell that comes along with this is a bonus!