It’s Sleep Awareness Week, and in honor of this momentous occasion, we’re celebrating all things nap-related! Everyone deserves good sleep – it’s vital for keeping us happy and healthy. And let’s be honest: it’s also great curling up under a fluffy duvet with a good pillow and drifting off into a deep, restful slumber.
Here at GOFA, we love to end each day off with a good night’s rest. This is why we’re letting you in on our top five sleep essentials to help you get restorative sleep so that you’re ready to tackle the new day head on!
Collagen Is For Keeps
Collagen is one of our favorite supplements for a number of reasons. It’s great for skin, hair, joints and ligaments, but one of the lesser known benefits of collagen is that it does wonders for encouraging sleep. It’s loaded with the amino acid glycine, which is also an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for calming the central nervous system, leading to relaxation and restful sleep.
This one from Vital Proteins is our favorite.
Adding to our list of essential daily supplements is magnesium. It’s well known for helping to speed up post-workout recovery, but did you know that it also plays an important role in helping to activate the mechanisms that quiet and calm your nervous system? It’s also thought to help relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, both of which can negatively impact your sleep.
We love the Nature Made brand, which comes in a handy 100-tablet supply.
Who doesn’t love a sweet little treat before bedtime? Melatonin-enriched gummies are great because they rely on natural botanicals to help you fall asleep. Unlike medicinal-strength sleeping pills, they won’t leave you feeling groggy and out-of-it the next day.
These Olly Extra Strength Sleep Gummies have been described as a “powerhouse of sleep”, and for good reason!
A Patchy Situation
The only thing better than a product that enhances your sleep is one that will help you wake up feeling better too. Sleep patches are great because they combine hops, valerian root, and melatonin to help you drift off into deeper sleep. The best part of this is that these patches come in a set. The next lot of patches are designed to make the mornings a little easier. Awake patches blend caffeine, green tea extract, and B12, which will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Our favorite Nite Nite and Wake Up patches are from Uncommon Goods.
Let’s Go Bananas
A delicious afternoon snack may actually be key to helping you get a good night’s rest. So if you’re feeling a bit peckish, reach for a banana and some almond butter. Bananas are one of the few fruits known to be rich in serotonin, which the body converts to melatonin. Almonds, on the other hand, are a good source of vitamin E and healthy fats, and contain melatonin too.
Trader Joe’s Creamy Almond Butter is delicious and comes in at a great price point too!
Trouble switching off the mind before bed? Try our sleep radio for a peaceful night’s rest.