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High-tech sleepwear offers solution to a good night’s sleep: getting scientific on PJs

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Wearing high-tech sleepwear for temperature control can help improve the quality of REM sleep in order to wake up refreshed, productive, and ready to face the day.

Dark circles under the eyes, 100 yard stares, 3 second long blinks, and a brain that feels like chocolate pudding — we are all familiar with the uncomfortable consequences of a lack of sleep on our productivity, either from our own experience or from observing that co-worker you have who recorded the sound of typing to play while he naps in his cubicle.

Yet according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 people are not getting enough sleep.

The consequences of sleep deprivation?

According to the CDC, the health risks of sleep deprivation are severe — increased probabilities of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mental distress, because your body needs deep REM sleep to repair your internal organs, bones, tissues, and strengthen your immune system.

But in addition to the above damage going on behind the scenes, sleep deprived individuals have to deal with the pesky and more overtly noticeable side effects of mental grogginess and reduced productivity.

Though the condition is often accepted as commonplace, the noticeably damaged mental function one suffers after a lack of sleep is actually due to the fact that your brain was deprived the necessary time it needs to flush out the buildup of dangerous proteins made during the day.

That’s right, your sleep fog is due to the fact that your brain wasn’t allowed to take the trash out last night!

Chronically fatigued individuals aren’t taking the condition laying down (badum-ching) and in the United States alone, sleepy people spent $41 billion on sleep aids and remedies in 2015 trying to rectify their sleep problems, and that number is only increasing, projected to hit $52 billion by 2020.

Similarly shocking, the US is estimated to lose $107.5 billion a year thanks to a mix of direct and indirect profit losses due to the reduced productivity that goes hand in hand with a lack of sleep.

Sleepwear Reinvented

A quick Google search of “sleep tips” brings up the usual suspects on WebMDGoing to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. Turning off electronics an hour before bed.  Avoiding caffeine. Getting regular exercise and designating your bed for only sleeping. But did you know body temperature actually has a lot to do with regulating sleep patterns?

As it turns out, the right temperature is key for reaching and maintaining REM cycling. If your environment is too cold, or too hot, the body struggles to achieve and maintain a restful state.

That is why Dagsmejan, an innovative company founded in Switzerland, decided to address sleep issues by reinventing sleepwear.

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Catarina Dahlin, CEO of Dagsmejan

CEO Catarina Dahlin was inspired to use the latest research to invent high-tech sleepwear that offers a truly unique solution to aid sleepers in their quest for restorative Zs.

“Based on our research of nightly temperature shifts and sweat patterns as well as sleep position and  movements, we have been able to design a unique range of clothing optimized for sleep comfort,” Dahlin explained.

The design was based on sleep temperature body mapping, and strategically uses natural fibers to optimize warmth in places that we tend to get cold, and extra moisture-wicking zones where we tend to sweat.

The clothing helps banish night sweats and helps people get their best performance the morning after. The collection currently features sleepwear for men and women and is now live on Kickstarter.

Regardless of futuristic pajamas, if you happen to be that one in three people who is not getting enough sleep currently in the US, it’s time to recognize the serious health implications your current sleep patterns may have in store for you, and prioritize finding a healthy solution.

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