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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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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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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY CAN CAUSE SLEEP PROBLEMS…

VITAMIN D is really important for our bodies because it helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. This is necessary for keeping bones and teeth healthy. A lack of vitamin D can impact several areas, including your back, muscles and your immune system as well as your sleep.

The National Library of Medicine writes that “by comparing the lowest verse highest levels of serum vitamin D, we found that participants with vitamin D deficiency (VDD) had a significantly increased risk of sleep disorders.”

The Sleep Doctor writes that “research indicates that Vitamin D may influence both sleep quality and sleep quantity. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns and Vitamin D levels among a group of older adult men and found that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with less sleep overall and also with more disrupted sleep. The study included 3,048 men ages 68 and older.”

What they found was that low degrees of Vitamin D were connected to a few issues with sleep. Low Vitamin D increased the probability that you could experience poor sleep (sleeping less than 5 hours a night). The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should get 7–8 h sleep every day, albeit sleep demands may vary in age and gender.

A lack of vitamin D is termed a vitamin D deficiency and can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and several conditions in adults. If you are spending a lot of time indoors, the NHS suggests you should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy. Dietary vitamin D is available in foods such as oily fish, cod liver oil, red meat, fortified cereals, fortified spreads and egg yolks.

You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements. Your body forms vitamin D naturally after exposure to sunlight. But too much sun exposure can lead to skin ageing and skin cancer, so many people try to get their vitamin D from other sources. Other benefits of vitamin D include healthy lung function and cardiovascular health. Some studies suggest that vitamin D may reduce the expression of certain genes responsible for cancer development.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to osteoporosis and fractures (broken bones).

Severe vitamin D deficiency can also lead to other diseases. In children, it can cause rickets. Rickets is a rare disease that causes the bones to become soft and bend. African American infants and children are at higher risk of getting rickets. In adults, severe vitamin D deficiency leads to osteomalacia. Osteomalacia causes weak bones, bone pain, and muscle weakness.

Source: The National Library of Medicine, Back Pain Blog, The Sleep Doctor The National Sleep Foundation

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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND THE PROBLEMS IT CAN CAUSE…

Some facts about sleep deprivation and pain.

What is sleep deprivation?…

According to the Sleep Association – Sleep deprivation is defined as not obtaining adequate total sleep. When someone is in a chronic sleep-restricted state they’ll notice excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, clumsiness, and weight gain or weight loss. In addition, being sleep-deprived affects both the brain and cognitive function.1

Interestingly, there’s a subset of cases whereby sleep deprivation can actually lead to an enhanced mood, alertness, and increased energy. Note that relatively few studies have compared the different effects between chronic partial-sleep restriction and acute total sleep deprivation, and the total absence of sleep over long periods of time has not been studied in humans. That being said, long-term total sleep deprivation resulted in death in lab animals.

Many Fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers say they feel lucky if they get 5 hours of sleep a night.

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle?

Pain makes it difficult to sleep, but sleep deprivation means the body cannot repair itself – making the pain worse. Healthline points out that people with chronic pain don’t necessarily see improvements in sleep once their pain is resolved.

In fact, the pain often only continues to worsen until sleep is addressed. This may be related to the fact that some people with chronic pain may battle anxiety which in turn may cause stress chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol to flood their systems. Over time, anxiety creates overstimulation of the nervous system, which makes it difficult to sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation points out that sixty-five per cent of those with no pain reported good or exceptionally good sleep quality, while only 45 per cent of those with acute pain and 37 per cent of those with chronic pain did the same. Additionally, 23 per cent of those with chronic pain reported higher stress levels, compared with 7 per cent of those without pain.

Those with acute or chronic pain are more likely to have sleep problems impact their daily lives. Among people who’ve had sleep difficulties in the past week, more than half of those with chronic pain say those difficulties interfered with their work. That drops to 23 per cent of those without pain.

People with pain are also far more apt than others to report that lack of sleep interferes with their mood, activities, relationships, and enjoyment of life overall.

People with pain also feel less control over their sleep, worry more about lack of sleep affecting their health and exhibit greater sleep sensitivity. They’re more likely than others to say environmental factors make it more difficult for them to get a good night’s sleep. These factors include noise, light, temperature, and their mattresses alike, suggesting that taking greater care of the bedroom environment may be particularly helpful to pain sufferers.

While both chronic and acute pain is related to lost sleep, the survey indicates that chronic pain is an especially powerful problem. Indeed, one in four people with chronic pain, 23 per cent, say they’ve been diagnosed with a sleep disorder by a doctor, compared with just 6 per cent of all others.

Sleep station comment that It’s a never-ending battle and a vicious circle between sleep disturbance and pain. In some there may be an element of chicken and egg – is the pain-causing sleep problems or is the mediocre quality of your sleep making your pain feel worse?

Pain can, for example, be the main reason that you wake in the night, and these interruptions during the night can lead you to get less sleep, and most important of all, less excellent quality restorative sleep. This sleep deprivation can lower your pain threshold and your tolerance for pain and thus can make your pain feel worse.

PubMed writes “Chronically painful conditions are frequently associated with sleep disturbances, i.e. changes in sleep continuity and sleep architecture as well as increased sleepiness during daytime. A new hypothesis, which has attracted more and more attention, is that disturbance of sleep cause or modulate acute and chronic pain.”

Source: Sleep Association Healthline Sleep Foundation Sleep Station Pub Med