The Skin Hunger Edition [Mollie's Monday Obsessions v.119]

Just like regular hunger reminds us that we’re not getting enough to eat, skin hunger is the recognition that we’re not getting enough touch in our lives. -NYPost, Being a 'hugger' is probably in your DNA: study

SKIN HUNGER!

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Trend - The term "skin hunger" is a phenomenon popularized during the COVID-19 pandemic and it's prompted by the lack of physical touch for long periods of time. In turn, designers are showcasing various concepts and products that simulate hugging or other actions that bring comfort.

Insight - Many are vehemently practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and as time goes on, the feelings of loneliness due to the lack of physical contact intensify. In order to not become too distressed, consumers are looking for safe and responsible ways to mitigate this. As a result, many opt-in for viable alternatives that allow them to feel less lonely, and when this need is met, individuals are more comfortable and content.

This is particularly striking since I’m currently testing out a real life SLEEP ROBOT

that feels very much like you’re cradling a living and breathing baby (podcast to follow with the creator very soon!). I truly believe that sleep robots and weighted blankets (here’s the one that I have) are just the beginning wave of technology aiming to aid in this problem. With things like self-massage and pets acting as a low-tech alternative.

I’ve written about loneliness and it’s impact on our sleep multiple times in the past. Relatedly, a yearning for touch is an important facet of the aforementioned problem. Below are some articles on this illusive “Skin Hunger” trend, and some solutions.

SKIN HUNGER & SLEEP

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Resource: Article, Insider, People are experiencing 'skin hunger' after months without touching anyone


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Resource: Article, Wired, Skin hunger helps explain your desperate longing for human touch


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Resource: Article, Psychology Today, Skin Hunger: Why You Need to Feed Your Hunger for Contact


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Resource: Article, Washington Post, Skin hunger: Why we’re craving touch and how to cope during the coronavirus pandemic


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Resource: Article, Medium, Skin Hunger: Are You Experiencing Touch Deprivation? | by Lyndsay Landrey | ILLUMINATION


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SLEEP SCHOLARS


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Resource: Book Summary, Shortform.com, Why We Sleep Book Summary by Matthew Walker Haven’t gotten around to reading THE BOOK that’s instilled fear in the heart of millions around their inadequate sleep?! Read the summary here! Allen Cheng, the creator of this site has read over 500+ non-fiction books in the past 10 years and has put them into incredibly detailed summaries on his website, Shortform.com. Naturally, connecting with him was yet another happy benefit of the Trends Group that I can’t seem to shut up about. 🤣

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Resource: Podcast, Dave Asprey, Put on Some Weight for Better Sleep and Less Stress – Baloo Living with Dave Asprey – #759 This is the weighted blanket brand that I have and here is our recent podcast episode with the inspiring and mission-driven female founder. To check them out, use this link and code SLEEPISASKILL for a discount.

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Resource: Product, Chili Technology, Holiday Sale for the Ooler (My Favorite Sleep Temperature Controlling Tech) Getting this cooling tech has actually become a bit of a problem. Recently, I went to Utah and stayed at a perfectly fine Marriott but my sleep scores tanked. Anyway, sharing about this because they currently running one of the bigger sales that I’ve seen for the holidays with the code CHILI22 which gets you 22 percent off!



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SLEEP IS A SKILL PODCAST


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️Resource: Podcast Episode, The Sleep Is A Skill Podcast, 022: Dr. Casey Means, CMO & Co-founder of Levels Health, How a continuous glucose monitor is key to improving your sleep & wakeups! Few things are as impactful for my client's sleep, physical health, and mental health as balancing their blood sugar! That's why I encourage as many clients as possible to wear a continuous glucose monitor (even if only for 1 month) to get at the source of the 'WHAT' and the 'WHEN' about their diet that is throwing off their sleep and their health.

Thankfully, Dr. Casey Means shares all of her wisdom around exactly what can help make a difference with stabilizing your blood sugar, even if you don't get the monitor (although, I highly suggest that you do!!). [If you do pull the trigger, use this link to skip the 40k person waitlist! levels.link/sleepisaskill ]

Casey Means, MD is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tech-enabled tools to inform smart, personalized, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. Dr. Means’s perspective has been recently featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Hill, Metabolism, Endocrine Today, Endocrine Web, Well + Good, and Dr. Michael Greger’s (author of How to Not Die) video series. In 2020, she has been a guest on the podcasts Veggie Doctor Radio, Healthy Human Revolution, Work for Change, and others, speaking about metabolic health. She is an award-winning biomedical researcher with past research positions at the NIH, Stanford School of Medicine, and NYU. Use this link to skip the 40k person waitlist! levels.link/sleepisaskill

EPISODE NOTES
🩸Glucose and Sleep
🩸What is glucose, and how does it affect your weight, health, and sleep?
🩸Glucose and sleep quality are related.
🩸Find out how you can avoid diseases by learning about how glucose works.
🩸In what ways can I find out my glucose levels?
🩸What type of foods and eating time should I avoid to have a better sleep?
🩸"We eat the same food at the same time, but...": Glucose works differently with each individual; you can take some steps to improve your health and sleep, which might not work on someone else.
🩸Which foods are suitable to be consumed simultaneously, and which ones should you eat separately?
🩸Controlling your glucose is quite easy; you can achieve a much healthier life and sleep quality by taking the steps mentioned.

***Use this link to skip the 40k person waitlist! levels.link/sleepisaskill

As always, please send me your thoughts on this week’s obsession or your current fascinations.

Mollie


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