We know we’re not alone in wondering why on earth are we all so tired? We all live busy lives – in fact, we’re busier than ever before – but surely we should have more energy than this?
Hand’s up if you feel that afternoon slump? It’s probably around the time you reach for sugar. Or wake up after a full night’s sleep and still feel knackered? For women with young children, the reality is that most nights come with a few tiny – albeit cute – interruptions. So how to we make the most of the sleep we can get? It’s these questions which inspired Australian mothers and entrepreneurs, Shea Morrison and Danielle Knight, to start their business The Goodnight Co. back in 2015. A year later, they partnered with Arianna Huffington on her Sleep Revolution book tour. They were then selected as one of two Australian brands to be involved in her Thrive Global pop up in SoHo, New York.
The brand launched with luxurious silk pillowcases and silk sleep masks and the offering has since expanded into mists, oils, earplugs and even crystals. Basically, as the name suggests, if you want a good night’s sleep, you go to The Goodnight Co.
Earlier this year, they also expanded into Sleep Retreats and Sleep Workshops – their next four-day retreat will be held at Springfield Farm in the Southern Highlands of Bowral on September 5th for three nights. “The Retreat and Workshops provide personalised help for those struggling with disrupted sleep patterns and provide a mixture of education and relaxation, science and deep sleep, meditation and mindfulness,” explains Shea.
“Ultimately, our guests are invited to discover how to improve their sleep and build their own individual sleep rituals. The Retreat is very intimate, allowing us to really hone in on individual sleep disruptions and how guests can overcome them. The Retreat is fully inclusive with workshops facilitated by experts, nutritious food, mindfulness practices, yoga and meditation, and incredible accommodation. By the end of the four days, the guests will feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and on the journey to improving their overall health and wellbeing.”
We caught up with the dynamic – and rested – duo to really dive into the topic of sleep, and how we can all get more of it.
For more information on the upcoming Sleep Retreat in Bowral on September 5th-8th, NSW, go to www.retreat.thegoodnightco.com.au
The Goodnight Co. founders Shea Morrison and Danielle Knight
Why are we all so tired?
Danielle: A few things that trigger poor quality sleep which results in us feeling so tired are:
-We are too plugged into our devices. Research has proven over and over that screen time directly impacts next-morning alertness.
-You are adrenally or nutritionally depleted. Adrenal fatigue and nutritional depletion commonly cause fatigue.
-Stress and anxiety. Poor mental wellbeing can directly affect your sleep and cause you to wake often throughout the night.
Talk us through what happens to us when we’re not getting enough quality sleep?
Danielle: Recent research has shown fatigue can lead to poor judgement, lack of self-control, lack of concentration and impaired creativity. Long term impacts can be even more detrimental with research showing poor sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, weight gain and serious medical conditions.
What role can magnesium play in our sleep?
Danielle: Magnesium is required for over 300 processes in the body, including many that affect sleep and is a crucial balance mineral – particularly for the nervous system and metabolism. It’s also one of the most common deficiencies in our stressed-out modern world, so may help restore equilibrium and encourage less night time waking. It can relax tense muscles, aid with symptoms of anxiety and depression, and support the body during times of stress. Research also suggests that magnesium supplementation can aid poor sleep by improving sleep quality.
What about meditation?
Danielle: We know that poor mental wellbeing like stress and anxiety have a direct link to poor sleep. Meditation is a wonderful practice to help reduce our stress and anxiety and calm the mind. It is also a wonderful way to relax and unwind before bed.
What if we’re addicted to our phone – how can we kick start better habits such as getting off our phone before bed?
Danielle: We recommend not using your phone in the hours before bed, and leaving all technology outside your bedroom. The big issue with using your phone before going to bed is the exposure to blue light emitted by our phones disrupts our circadian rhythm. Whilst there are apps and settings on your phone that can help you limit your screen time, and even reduce the blue light, using technology in bed still sends messages to your brain that it’s not time for bed.
Studies show the journaling before bed improves sleep – what are your thoughts on this?
Danielle: Journaling is a wonderful practice to include in your nighttime ritual. It can help you clear your mind before bed so that you don’t wake during the night with any worrying thoughts. It is also lovely to express gratitude for all the things we are grateful for, which helps improve our mental wellbeing.
What is the best position to sleep in?
Danielle: It’s a personal preference, but research shows that sleeping on your back is the healthiest option. According to sleep.org, sleeping on your back allows your head, neck and spine to rest in a neutral position.