As we approach Memorial Day it is important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
All of us here at SleepPhones value the hard work and the sacrifices our nation's military members make each and every day. We realize it would be impossible to start and grow a business without the freedom provided by those sacrifices. We also value the contributions they make to our businesses and communities after active duty ends and we are proud to employ two veterans at our company headquarters.
One of the many sacrifices military members make is in their sleep. In an earlier blog post, we wrote about sleep deprivation in basic training. Sadly, a lack of sleep is recognized as a major illness for those serving in the military--which is hardly surprising when you consider that most members sleep in barracks and that the job can easily turn into a 24/7 endeavor. For these and other reasons, research shows that 39 percent of Navy members and 42 percent of Marine Corps servicemembers say that they often don’t get enough sleep to function well at work.
How Military Members Can Get the Sleep they Need
The good news is that the military is recognizing how prevalent and harmful sleep deprivation is for its members and is taking steps to help service members get more rest.
If you’re on active duty, there are fortunately steps you can take to catch needed zzz’s. They include:
Go to bed at the same time each night. This isn’t a problem if there’s a mandatory “lights out” time. If there isn’t, set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Your body has an easier time getting the rest it needs when you fall asleep and get up at about the same time each day.
Get some exercise. This often isn’t a problem when you’re in the military. But if you have a more sedentary job, make some effort to work movement into your day. Research from the National Sleep Foundation shows that you’ll sleep significantly better if you get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Create a soothing bedtime ritual. This could be anything from meditating to prayer to simple stretches. No matter what you choose, a bedtime ritual will help you switch over to sleep mode faster.
Power down electronics well before bed. The background light from e-readers, phones, and other electronics can trick your brain into staying awake longer. If you need to destress before bed, read an actual book or listen to soothing music.
Many people find that SleepPhones can help them get the rest they need--especially when it comes to establishing a good pre-bedtime ritual that doesn’t involve reading from a phone or other device.
You can use SleepPhones to listen to calming music, guided meditations, ASMR, and much more. You’ll be able to block out the noise that’s inevitable in a communal sleeping area and enjoy listening to something relaxing in a soft headband that features flat, high-quality speakers.
Kimberly, a member of the Army Reserve, regularly uses SleepPhones. Read our interview with her to learn more about where and how she uses her SleepPhones.
Enjoy Special Memorial Day Savings
In celebration of Memorial Day, we’re offering $20 off SleepPhones Effortless with coupon code 20EFFORTLESS. This special runs from May 24-28 on Effortless, our newest model to date. Effortless features easy induction charging--to use it, you simply place your Effortless model on the charging base to get 10+ hours of power on a 3-hour charge. It's so easy you don't even have to remove the module from your headband! Learn more about SleepPhones Effortless and shop our sale by checking out the SleepPhones Effortless product page.
We hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day and takes the time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.