6 Ways to Sleep Better in the Summer

Though seasonal shifts can derail your sleep, there are things you can do to snooze more soundly when it’s hot out.

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War in Ukraine Has Left Eastern Europe Sleepless

Mental health professionals across the region say they have seen an increase in patients with intense anxiety. Some are asking for more sleeping pills, and many are making escape plans.

#anxiety-and-stress, #eastern-europe, #fear-emotion, #insomnia, #psychology-and-psychologists, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sleep

Sleeping in Pieces

Are sleep disruptions here to stay?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #insomnia, #internal-storyline-no, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sleep

Segmented Sleep Makes a Comeback During the Pandemic

The pandemic has allowed some people to return to a former way of sleeping: in segments.

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Why Does Alcohol Mess With My Sleep?

Tips for getting a better night’s rest when your evening plans include drinking.

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Melatonin for Sleep: How the Aid Works

The “vampire hormone” can act like a dose of sunset, tricking your body into feeling like it’s time to sleep.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #dreams, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insomnia, #jet-lag, #melatonin-hormone, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sedatives, #sleep

‘The Battery’s Dead’: Burnout Looks Different in Autistic Adults

Though little studied, exhaustion among people with autism has become its own pandemic.

#anxiety-and-stress, #autism, #insomnia, #sleep, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #were-not-broken-changing-the-autism-conversation-book

Can Magnesium Supplements Really Help You Sleep?

The evidence for their sleep-inducing benefits is thin, but experts say that in some cases there’s no harm in giving them a try.

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Wide Awake at 3 A.M.? Readers Offer Advice on Insomnia

Well readers share a range of strategies they use to get back to sleep in the middle of the night.

#anxiety-and-stress, #apnea-sleep-disorder, #content-type-service, #insomnia, #menopause, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sleep

Waking Up in the Middle of the Night? Ways to Fall Back Asleep

Sleep experts offer advice on sleeping soundly through the night.

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How To Get a Better Night’s Sleep

You can overcome ‘coronasomnia.’ Experts say it just takes practice building new and better habits.

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Nine Tools for Better, Longer Sleep

When it comes to gadgets that claim to solve your sleep problems, newer doesn’t always mean better. We tested countless items to find real, proven solutions.

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What Are the Benefits of CBD?

More than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people. Does it help?

#anxiety-and-stress, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hemp, #insomnia, #marijuana, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #research, #sleep

Heights raises $2M for its subscription supplements aimed new ‘braincare’ category

New wellness startup Heights is formally launching this week, focusing on a category it describes as ‘braincare’. The startup will market “ultra high quality, sustainable plant-based supplements that feed your brain” based on what it says is scientific data.

It has raised a $2 million Seed funding round (£1.7M) via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform, with the round also including the institutional investor Forward Partners. Angel investors include Tom Singh (founder of New Look), Damian Bradfield (WeTransfer), Dhiraj Mukherjee (Shazam), Renee Elliot (Planet Organic), and celebrity investor Chris Smalling (an England and Manchester United professional footballer).

The funds will be used for customer growth and new product development, including soon-to-launch a ‘psychobiotic‘ probiotic aimed at cognition and mental health.

Customers first take a ‘brain health’ survey, then sign up for a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription.

Customers need only take two capsules a day, thus hugely decreasing the complexity of juggling regular vitamin taking.

The product fits through a letterbox and the unusual bottle was designed by the well-known product design agency Pentagram. A content and coaching program included in the subscription helps customers, and another brain health survey happens after a month. Heights claims that “93%” improve their brain health score within one month.

Heights is not alone in this new market for what some describe as ‘designer vitamins’ and the arena is already populated by the likes of Hims / Hers, MotionVitabiotics and Bulletproof.

These companies broadly fall into the “Nootropics” category — vitamins and minerals designed to improve cognitive function, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. But the market is not small. The ‘self care’, ‘healthcare’, and ‘personal development’ market is worth over $1Trillion but supplements alone is worth at least $100BN+.

Heights founders Dan Murray-Serter and Joel Freeman, with adviser Dr Tara Swart.

Heights founders Dan Murray-Serter and Joel Freeman, with adviser Dr. Tara Swart.

However, co-founder Dan Murray-Serter says Heights is aiming to do something different to the aforementioned players.

In a text-based interview, he said: “Nootropics as a category really focus on quick fixes, which is why we’re working on the category creation of ‘braincare’ because there are no ‘quick fixes’ in life, and that terminology and category have essentially set people up with the same false hopes as ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes do. We’re set up differently — aka, starting with scientifically researched articles and journal references.”

He said Heights will be positioned more like a skincare or haircare brand, “because people understand that the daily habit/practice is what creates the longevity and impact, not just a one-day miracle.”

Murray-Serter says there are 20 key nutrients science says our brains need to thrive, and these are mostly found in a combination of buying multivitamins, omega 3s, and ‘nootropics’. He says Heights has sourced the “highest quality” ingredients in the most ‘bioavailable form’ in a patented capsule which makes it easier to digest for the body.

“One of the most common reasons the habit of taking vitamins doesn’t stick for people is that the bottle goes into a cupboard and gets ignored. So we started with design alongside quality,” he says. The Heights vitamins come in a distinctive, recyclable bottle which Heights will also aven recycle if you send it back to them.

Murray-Serter, who previously founded the mobile startup Grabble, says he came up with the idea for the startup after a bout of chronic anxiety and a 6 month-long period of insomnia. The problem was solved by high-quality, high-density vitamins and supplements, as opposed to normal supplements which usually only have the lowest recommended daily levels of vitamins inside them.

After starting a newsletter on the subject of optimizing cognitive performance with cofounder Joel Freeman, the pair amassed a following of 60,000 readers www.yourheights.com/sundays

and then came up with the idea of launching the actual product.

The company now has a ‘Braincare‘ podcast that has reached 100,000 downloads, and the founders have also been joined by key team member Chief Science Officer, Dr Tara Swart (pictured).

Two things may help Heights. Firstly, in the era of Covid-19, public health authorities and governments around the world have recommended taking Vitamin D to boost the body’s immune system should someone fall prey to the disease. It’s not insignificant that two Heights capsules contain 400% of the ‘Nutrient Reference Value’ (formerly known as Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin D3, as well as many other supplements. Theoretically, one could take four normal tablets of this, but the customer experience and other added vitamins in Heights will appeal to many. Secondly, the growing awareness of mental health and interest in maintaining good mental health is now a regular subject of public discourse. So Heights appears to be well-positioned to ride both those waves.

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China Long Avoided Talking About Mental Health. Then Covid Hit.

The government has deployed extensive resources to address the spike in depression and anxiety. But social stigmas and long-term challenges remain.

#anxiety-and-stress, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #insomnia, #politics-and-government, #psychology-and-psychologists

Best Foods for Better Sleep

A growing body of research suggests that the foods you eat can affect how well you sleep, and your sleep patterns can affect your dietary choices.

#brain, #carbohydrates, #diet-and-nutrition, #fiber-dietary, #insomnia, #kiwi-fruit, #oils-and-fats, #sleep, #sugar, #vegetables

Weighted Blankets for Sounder Sleep?

A Swedish study found that men and women with depression or other mental health ills slept better when using the popular therapeutic aids.

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Parents Are Relying on Melatonin to Help Their Kids Sleep. Should They?

A survey suggests that nearly half of children with difficulty sleeping have taken melatonin.

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‘What Pea Disrupts Your Sleep, Princess?’

In “The Shapeless Unease,” the British novelist Samantha Harvey ponders her struggles with insomnia.

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Considering Trying Melatonin for Sleep? Here’s a Guide to Help

Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of using melatonin supplements for sleeping difficulties.

#biorhythms, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insomnia, #labeling-and-labels-product, #melatonin-hormone, #sleep

How Walking Might Affect Our Sleep

Among middle-aged men and women who took about 7,000 steps a day, covering even a little extra ground was tied to better sleep.

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Without Drugs

Alternatives to prescription drugs for insomnia offer better, safer and more long-lasting solutions, experts say.

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Getting Older, Sleeping Less

When insomnia persists, it can wreak physical, emotional and social havoc.

#alzheimers-disease, #elderly, #insomnia, #melatonin-hormone, #sleep