“Who doesn’t have sleep problems?” You might ask yourself as you try to brush aside your own sleep problems, deeming them inconsequential and/or unavoidable. But this is a harmful and even dangerously negligent view to take regarding your problem of too little or too fitful sleep. If you’re experiencing consistent sleep problems, the consequences to your health and wellness are serious and multitudinous. Seek a solution, not a dismissal.
Sleep problems: statistics & effects
Yes, it’s true that 50 to 70 million U.S. adults are living with a sleep disorder, according the American Sleep Association. It’s also true that more than one third (35.3 percent) of American adults regularly get too little sleep — or, in other words, are living in a constant state of mild to severe sleep deprivation. But just because so many people live without proper, restful sleep doesn’t mean you should, too. Because the effects of continuous sleep deprivation are not something to regard as “just part of life” — they are, in fact, incredibly damaging to almost every aspect of life.
“Lack of sleep is a health issue that deserves your attention and your doctor’s help. Not getting enough sleep — due to insomnia or a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or simple because you’re keeping late hours — can affect your mood, memory, and health in far-reaching and surprising ways,” says Johns Hopkins sleep researcher Patrick Finan, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins gives us just some of the effects of sleep deprivation:
- A 36 percent increase in risk of colorectal cancer
- Being 3 times more likely to be at risk for type 2 diabetes
- Having less active immune protectors called natural killer cells
- Being 3 times more likely to catch a cold
- Having your brain age by 3 – 5 years
- A 48 percent increase in the likelihood of developing heart disease
- An increased risk of high blood pressure
- A 33 percent increase in risk of dementia
- Greater risk for:
- Fuzzy thinking
Sounds to solve sleep problems
Now that you’re aware of the serious risks of sleep deprivation, it’s time to seek solutions to your sleep problems. One of the simplest go-to solutions might involve sounds you’re hearing as you fall asleep and as you’re sleeping. Studies show our brain continues to process auditory stimuli even while we’re sleeping. Additionally, various scientific studies link listening to relaxing music to falling asleep faster and sleeping deeper and longer. Science also demonstrates other sounds, such as white noise and pink noise, can improve sleep quality. White noise and pink noise fall under the category of sound masking sounds, meaning they help block out noises that could disturb our natural sleep cycle.
Soothing sleep sounds playlists
A revolutionary new sound engine called Endel leverages the neuroscience behind how white noise helps us sleep and relaxing sounds reduce stress and anxiety. Endel envelops listeners in ambient audio ecosystems to align mind and body toward various states such as sleep and relaxation. You can experience the soothing power of Endel’s scientifically-proven, sleep-enhancing soundscapes (composed with pentatonic notes and sound-masking sounds) in the form of five recently-released sleep albums. These albums, each an hour in length, are now available across streaming services.
To give Endel’s sleep albums a listen, click the “play” button below and preview the Sleep: Clear Night, Cloudy Night, Rainy Night, Foggy Morning, and Cloudy Afternoon playlists. Choose “listen” in the top right corner if you wish to view and/or download the full album via your preferred streaming service.
Clear Night Playlist Preview
Cloudy Night Playlist Preview
Rainy Night Playlist Preview
Foggy Morning Playlist Preview
Cloudy Afternoon Playlist Preview
A personalized sleep sounds app
Furthermore, Endel’s ambient soundscapes are available in app form. The Endel app is algorithm powered, with its algorithm running on circadian rhythms (our natural sleep/wake cycle), pentatonic scale (the music made on a scale with five notes per octave), and sound-masking. The gentle, mind and body aligning sounds of the Endel app are specifically designed for personalization and instantly adaptable to each listener. Through personal inputs including heart rate, location, weather, and time zone, the app personalizes its soundscapes to the listener’s state and setting. The Endel app also enhances other moods and modes in addition to sleep, including Relax, Focus, and On-The-Go.