This article is written in partnership with Qualia—they’re dedicated to helping you to claim your vitality through improving your sleep quality (and just about everything else), and we’re honored to work with them. ~ ed.
When was the last time you got a really good night’s sleep?
Not, “Oh, I got six full hours last night” good. I’m talkin’ “hot damn, I feel so freaking rested” good.
I can’t remember the last time I got sleep like that—sleep where I felt ready to spring out of bed and start my day, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
There are times (okay, almost daily) that my anxiety jolts me awake before my alarm, but I force myself back to sleep, hoping I won’t wake up (still) on edge 10 minutes later when my alarm finally sounds.
Other times I’ve felt so poorly rested that I hit the snooze button, then snooze right through the next alarm.
If that sounds relatable, you just might be among the 70% of Americans struggling with sleep on at least a monthly basis (1). And that anxiety you feel? Well, it could be a symptom of your poor rest rather than the cause of it.
Fear not; the holistic-minded team over at Qualia are here to help you understand and deal with the foundational causes of poor sleep so that you can own your rest, and wake up reliably refreshed (and no, it’s not a “sleeping pill”).
Qualia Night is a unique non-GMO supplement for sleep support, packed with amazing vegan ingredients that can have a profoundly positive impact on your sleep quality. Instead of trying methods that do nothing to address why your body’s sleep production is off to begin with, the ingredients in Qualia Night are designed to actually fine tune your body’s ability to generate restful sleep, at the root level of the issue.*
To put it simply, Qualia Night helps the body help itself when it comes to sleep. It uses specific ingredients that support the body’s sleep-related neural system to encourage quality rest*.
Their patent-pending blend of ingredients contains no melatonin, which you may already know is a hormone naturally produced by your body to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Supplementing with melatonin does nothing to deal with the underlying sleep issues causing poor melatonin production in the first place.
Instead, Qualia Night is formulated to do something much harder. It actually supports your body’s natural ability to generate its own melatonin. That’s the difference between holistic sleep support and just putting a bandaid on a problem as it keeps getting worse.*
But how do you know if it’s time to mosey away from the band-aid approach with melatonin supplementation (or doing nothing at all), and instead, reach for this holistic, root-level support for sleep health?
Here are seven common signs that crappy sleep is killing your mental & physical health:
1. Your memory is weaker.
As you sleep, your brain forms connections that help you commit new information to memory. When you get poor sleep, your brain function is altered and doesn’t establish the new connections needed for you to properly memorize new things. This is true for both short-term and long-term memory items.
2. You’re having trouble thinking & concentrating.
You most definitely know first-hand. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, you’ll find yourself unmotivated and mentally all over the place when it comes to tasks. (Hello, walking into a room and immediately forgetting why you’re there.) As your to-do list lingers (and lingers) from no focus or willpower.
Qualia Night supports memory, clear thinking, and concentration through vegan and non-GMO ingredients that help your body activate, create and efficiently use brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF for short)*. BDNF is a key protein that protects and supports the growth of new neurons and is essential for memory, learning, and critical thinking (FUT1).
3. You’re a bit more accident-prone than usual.
For me, this is the number one indicator that I’ve not had a good enough sleep: I’m clumsy as can be. I trip. I make a lot more typing errors while communicating with coworkers via Slack. Basically, I do everything with less precision.
But on a more serious note, when you get six hours of sleep or less, you’re 33% more likely to get into a car accident, compared to those who get seven or eight hours of sleep (3). When we consistently get less than seven hours of sleep, our risk of bodily injury is 1.7 times higher (4).
While Qualia Night might not step in to literally take the wheel of our car or catch us when we fall, its formulation does support the body’s production and function of stem cells, which play a vital role in cellular repair and regeneration*. So, if we do become injured, that’s a good thing. Not to mention the better sleep creating less foggy coordination and decisions in the first place.
4. You’re cranky, stressed AF & anxious (or worse).
It’s probably no surprise that being cranky or especially snippy with others is a sign that you’re poorly rested. I mean, there’s a reason we say we “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”
What you might not know is that if we don’t nip that in the bud, things can escalate. When our moodiness and crankiness become routine from poor sleep, we can end up with more feelings of anxiety and overwhelm, spiraling our mindset further and further off course mentally and emotionally.
Without getting too science-y, that’s because excess worry and fear make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. That difficulty falling and staying asleep can then worsen anxiety, and * boom * you’ve got yourself a gnarly negative neurological cycle (5).
Qualia Night supports a balanced stress response by providing crucial adaptogens that actually help to stabilize your response to stress. It also empowers our bodies to regulate its production of cortisol, which is your body’s superstar stress regulation hormone.*
5. Your peak physical health is starting to slip.
If you’re the type of person who normally has zero health issues, and suddenly you find yourself noticing all sorts of new issues, poor sleep could be playing a role.
When you get too little sleep (or just as importantly, poor sleep quality), you don’t give your body the time it needs to reboot and refuel.
Your body is most active in producing cytokines (immune-enhancing cells) when you sleep (6). That’s also the time that it’s most active in repairing cells, muscle, and tissue. So, when you deny yourself high quality sleep, you disrupt your immune system’s ability to get the TLC it needs to keep you going strong.
AND if you get less than five hours of quality sleep a night, you send your body into a downward spiral of disarray, which can lead to hormonal imbalances bad enough to influence your blood pressure (7). At this point, you’re looking at some pretty serious lifestyle changes from that point forward.*
6. You’re never full & you’re packin’ on the pounds.
When you’re sleep deprived, your chemical balance goes all out of whack—and that includes the chemicals that tell your brain when your stomach is full. So yo guess what happens? You continue to eat beyond being full without realizing it, because your body isn’t signaling the sensation of being full, and the end result is hello caloric overload. Mo’ calories, mo’ pounds.
And while we’re sure you look fabulous anyhow, when you start to physically feel less fabulous, your daily activity becomes affected, or your blood sugar begins to go out of whack, and real issues develop.
Qualia Night’s formulation helps strengthen your body’s gut-brain axis by feeding healthy gut bacteria so they can produce key molecules required for healthy brain and immune function. And when you’ve got flow goin’ on in that axis, you feel nourished, and your brain knows it.*
7. You don’t want to make love.
Yep. You’re so tired that the desire is just not there. If you’re a male, your inability to become aroused might have something to do with a hormone imbalance, which can happen when you don’t give your body enough time to rest and replenish.
Look, we spend 33% of our lives sleeping (8), but what portion of your supplement and health regimens are devoted to promoting sleep quality?
Yeah, we didn’t think those numbers would match.
If insatiable hunger, lack of sexual desire, and a galaxy of other health issues aren’t enough to motivate you to prioritize your sleep health, then how you psychologically feel each morning after another night of mediocre sleep, should do the trick.
And now you know where to turn. Because you don’t just “want sleep”; you want high-quality sleep, and that’s what Qualia Night supports in the most holistic, health-conscious way of anything you could add to your shuteye routine.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.