Why do we need rest? Just like balanced nutrition and regular physical activity, getting enough rest is also a prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle.
We all know allowing our bodies to recharge at the end of the day is important, but as a matter of fact, it also helps boost our immune system, improves memory and brain health, and does a world of good to our general vitality. Continuously depriving ourselves of a good amount of rest does not only leave us feeling down, it can also negatively affect our health.
Filipinos and sleep, or lack of it
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults (age 18-64 years old), and 8 to 10 for teens (age 14-17 years old). Unfortunately, insufficient sleep has become prevalent in the Philippines. According to the 2016 Healthy Living Index Survey, more than 80% of Filipinos occasionally do not get enough sleep. Globally, the Philippines ranks fourth as the world’s most sleep-deprived countries, where 50% of Filipinos only get to sleep less than 7 hours daily.
For most people, a short spell of sleep deprivation may not only be a cause for concern, but frequent or prolonged sleep deficiency can have a major impact on your health such as reduced immune function, increased risk for illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Not to mention, also affecting our quality of life by waking up feeling tired, sleepy, and even more restless.
Getting the rest we need
The good news is, practicing a positive bedtime routine may help set and prepare your body for a good night’s rest. This includes exercising in the morning, limiting marathons of your K-dramas, controlling your late-night food cravings, and turning off your phone just before hitting the sack. You could also take a warm shower, meditate, listen to calming music or create a restful environment as you get ready to go to bed.
Food supplements like those with melatonin—a hormone that influences your natural sleep-wake cycle—may be helpful to some people as it has similar effects to the natural occurring melatonin secreted by the body at night, where it initiates sleep response and its effect in sleep onset and maintenance. Products such as Vicks ZzzQuil Natura Sleep can be a good addition to your bedtime habits, along with proper diet and a healthy lifestyle.This product contains 1.6 mg Melatonin per 2 servings of gummy, and 1 mg Melatonin when taken close to bedtime may help reduce the time to fall asleep. It also contains botanical extracts like Lavender, Chamomile, Valerian root, and Lemon balm, and comes in Wildberry Vanilla flavor that’s tasty too.
A healthy lifestyle means you’re eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest. This applies to whatever age you are in, and with all the roles you play daily—whether as medical frontliner, teacher, lawyer, office worker, banker, engineer, parent, commuter, call center agent, or a freelancer.
Remember, being a superman or a superwoman—on-the-job or at home—doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t need to recharge. With the help of the NEW Vicks ZzzQuil Natura Sleep gummies, along with proper diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, you can start each day #NaturallyFeelingZzzuper!
Vicks ZzzQuil Natura Sleep is available at all Watsons branches. To know more about Vicks ZzzQuil Natura Sleep, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZzzQuilPH
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- The Filipino Times. (2019, December 12). PH ranks 4th in sleep deprivation in the world – survey. https://filipinotimes.net/news/2019/12/12/ph-ranks-4th-sleep-deprivation-world-survey/
- Rob Newsom. (2020, December 4). Diet and Exercise and Sleep. Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/physical-health/diet-exercise-sleep
- University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Top 4 Causes of Nighttime Restlessness—and How to Manage Them. Retrieved 10 February 2022 https://www.upmc.com/services/south-central-pa/sleep/symptoms/nighttime-restlessness