This article was contributed by NASM,
the Geography of Wellness 
Country Partner for the US. 

Sleep and rest are crucial to our overall well-being. In fact, getting too little or even too much sleep can adversely affect our day-to-day physical health, energy levels, nutrition and mental well-being. 

In the recently published “The Global Wellness Economy: United States” report authored by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) as part of the Geography of Wellness microsite, research illustrates that sleep is a major factor in mental wellness, and this newly tangible wellness evidence is driving an explosion in the development of new sensory products and services designed to aid in the promotion of sleep. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) recognizes sleep as a fundamental pillar in its Certified Wellness Coach course, and is the exclusive Geography of Wellness Country Partner for the United States in order to make this important research free and available to all. Download your copy here. 

There is no lack of new sleep accessories, sleep-tracking devices or smart bedding, and a whole new category of tourism is emerging that includes wellness-centered hotels catering to those looking for a better night of sleep. However, in this article, we cover simple, straightforward, and—best of all—free methods you can use to strengthen your recovery and performance through better sleep habits.  

Read the full article for more information on 

  1. A formula for maximizing sleep based on clinical research 
  2. The role of sleep in weight management 
  3. Foods for fueling better sleep 
  4. Resources for making lifestyle changes 

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Dr. Allison J. BragerDR. ALLISON J. BRAGER
Allison is a leading expert in behavioral genetics, sleep, and biological rhythms research. She has served in the US military, on the NCAA task force for mental health and sleep, and consults with Olympic, professional, and collegiate teams. She is author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain, which serves as a performance manual for functional athletes. Allison is a two-time CrossFit Games team athlete, a reigning 8x gold medalist at the Gay Olympics, and holds an Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Kent State University.