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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BEST HERBAL TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

The right cuppa before you go to bed could give you a great night’s sleep and the wrong type of tea the worst night’s sleep. Here are a few great herbal teas to help you sleep. There’s some evidence that our ability to absorb nutrients increases as we sleep, so if you opt for herbal tea with nutritional properties, your body may get some added benefits.

Chamomile – is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension. With a smooth flavour that makes it easy to sip on, chamomile tea is one of the most popular tea varieties.

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HOT BREWING METHOD:

Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).

Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

Mint Tea – It contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

Passion Flower and Valerian – Passionflowers contain natural anxiolytics and act as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness. Valerian root helps to calm stress and anxiety levels, while also reducing blood pressure.

Lavender Tea – Lavender is another herb that has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation, making it a soothing addition to many tea and herbal infusions. Lavender tea helps to relax muscles and calm nerves.

Rose Tea – rose petals have been shown to have a potent relaxing effect. It makes a wonderful brew to elevate your mood during the day or calm you down before going to bed.

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Improve Sleep And Reduce Anxiety with Rose petals, lavender, chamomile, oat flowering tops, and lemon balm are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. D’Amazonia Sleep Tea has 14 powerful ingredients to help you achieve a serene night’s sleep. Calm your senses and reduce stress and anxiety with a carefully formulated non-caffeinated blend. Sleep Tea Functional: – Improve Sleep And Reduce Anxiety – Boost Immune System – Anti-Inflammatory – Aid Weight Loss

Magnolia Tea – Made from the dried bark, buds, and stems of the magnolia plant, magnolia tea is often used as a natural sleep aid in many forms of traditional medicine. The plant contains honokiol and magnolol, two compounds that have sedative effects. Still, more recent research is needed to better evaluate how magnolia tea may affect sleep in humans.

Low Caffeine Green Tea – low caffeine green tea is linked to improved sleep quality, decreased stress, and reduced fatigue, compared with drinking regular green tea. Be sure to choose green tea with low or no caffeine content if you’re planning to drink it close to bedtime.

Turmeric – this contains a high amount of curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that helps with detox, anti-ageing and even cancer, and is also known to induce sleep.

Cinnamon – the benefits of cinnamon tea are not just for sleeping. It’s been shown to regulate blood sugar, promote weight loss, lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, prevent disease, improve digestion, boost brain function, and reduce inflammation.

Source: Healthline, D’Amazonia, Infinitea Sleep Advisor

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BEST AROMATHERAPY OILS FOR XMAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

It’s Sleep Sunday and this week I thought I would write a little bit about the several types of OILS that can help you sleep. Neom Organics have a vast range and explain why each one can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Neom Organic who sells several sleep products says that 42% of you are sleeping less well. This is what they found out from a poll of over 2,000 of you, and we all know that sleeping well does wonders for so many things, including helping to boost your mood and stay energised throughout the day. Sprinkle the feel good this Christmas.

Whether it’s the darker nights, or the stress of the lockdown (or the anxiety of going back to ‘normal’) that’s causing sleep to elude you, Neom Organic can help. They have seven oils they think will help you sleep.

Lavender – Using lavender within an essential oil blend means that you can ensure those all-important calming aromas are released.

Chamomile – Chamomile is another essential oil that releases scents and fragrances associated with relaxation and sleep.

Ylang, Ylang – With a decidedly delicious sweet and florally scent, ylang ylang is often used to help relieve symptoms of stress and feelings of anxiousness to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Cedarwood – It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is associated with helping support better sleep through its sedative qualities.

Patchouli – Patchouli’s natural properties have been linked with an increase in the production of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine (some say the happy hormones). What’s interesting about these neurotransmitters is that they are known to ease anxiety and stress so the use of the oil may well help you to have a continuous night’s sleep.

Jasmine – It has an association with reducing irritability, making it a great solution to help relax the mind and body before sleep.

Basil – A new one to me but Studies have shown that basil soothes mental fatigue, whilst also relieving stress. It’s ideal at bedtime, as it supports the wind-down process and allows the body to release tension too.

Neom says that the simplicity of combining the calming aromas of an essential oil with a relaxing routine at bedtime may well have a profound effect on how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of your sleep throughout the night. It may be that for you, a blend of multiple oils is the most effective.

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To get the full Wellbeing Pod experience, at the touch of a button it will instantly release a heatless, fine mist of scented vapour into the atmosphere to stimulate your senses and boost your wellbeing. Fill the 100ml water tank of the Wellbeing Pod with chilly water (do not exceed the maximum water level line). Add up to 10 drops of the Essential Oil Blend. 

The NEOM Wellbeing Pod is a leader when it comes to electric oil diffusers and features a low energy LED light and a timer.

Whatever your wellbeing need, the NEOM Wellbeing Pod works at the touch of a button, helping you achieve better sleep, less stress, a mood lift or more energy through our 100% natural Essential Oil Blends. 

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT LACK OF SLEEP WITH CO-EXISTING CONDITIONS…

Healthline wrote that lack of sleep, even in the short term, can negatively affect co-existing conditions.

These include

  • energy
  • mood
  • work or school performance
  • memory, concentration, and decision-making
  • safety

Per the NIHTrusted Source, insomnia can worsen health problems or raise the risk of developing conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • chronic pain
  • decreased immune response
  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression
  • metabolic syndrome, diabetes
  • overweight, obesity
  • pregnancy complications
  • substance use disorders

Research from 2019Trusted Source suggests that insomnia in older adults increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

2017 comparative analysisTrusted Source on the link between sleep duration and mortality found that when compared with someone who sleeps between 7 and 9 hours per night:

  • A person who sleeps on average less than 6 hours per night has a 13 percent higher mortality risk.
  • A person who sleeps between 6 and 7 hours per night has a 7 percent higher mortality risk.

These stats include all causes of death, including car accidents, strokes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

recent study involving 487,200 people in China looked at insomnia risk over a period of about 10 years. Participants were an average age of 51 at the start of the study and had no history of stroke or heart disease.

Those who had three common insomnia symptoms (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, waking too early, or trouble focusing during the day) were 18 per cent more likely to develop stroke, heart attack, and similar diseases than those who didn’t have insomnia symptoms.

These are some shocking figures and really make you realise how very important good quality sleep is to our health. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation then go and see your GP to see if he can help you with this.

They say that even over the counter sleeping pills can become addictive and create a negative effect on your sleep patterns. It is so easy to take a pill but is it really helping your sleep problems in the long term.

There are countless books and apps to help you sleep in fact a minefield of them which makes it even harder for a sleep-deprived patient to decide what to take or what to do about it.

Making a conscious decision that you are going to do something about this problem is probably one of the best decisions you can make so start looking into everything that is available to you and make the year 2022 the year to get your sleep in order.

Source: Healthline