Sleep loss has been hitting the headlines lately as we seem to be in the midst of a catastrophic ‘sleep-loss epidemic’. As the line between work and leisure grows ever more blurred, it’s rare to find a person who doesn’t worry about their sleep, and it could be doing more harm than we realise.
Hidden Health Problems
Not getting enough sleep is not just annoying; it is becoming a serious health problem. Sleep loss is costing the UK economy over £30bn a year in lost revenue but when did you ever see the NHS poster urging sleep on people? When did a doctor prescribe, not sleeping pills, but sleep itself? We are recommended 8 hours sleep a night, but getting less than 6 hours can increase the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity. It’s also the simple things that sleep affects. People who have fewer than seven hours of sleep were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept for seven hours or more. You don’t have to go for days without sleep to suffer the negative effects. Under-sleeping by an hour or two a night over a period of time – has been linked time and again by scientists to poor health outcomes. Even just having an hour or so less sleep a night can put healthy adults into a pre-diabetic state.
Have you been feeling extra peckish lately? Well, it has been found that people who don’t sleep enough also appear to produce too much of the hormone ghrelin, associated with feeling hungry, and not enough of the hormone leptin – the hormone that makes you feel full. Sleep is a powerful thing and it affects more aspects of our life and health than we realise.
Modern Day Dilemmas
So what is keeping us awake? There are now over 100 diagnosed sleep disorders, with insomnia being the most popular. But it might also be our fault that we’re staying awake longer and sleeping less. Who else is guilty of watching another episode of your favourite TV series or refreshing Instagram one more time before bed? We have more different types of entertainment on offer than ever, making the temptation to stay awake greater. The blue light emitted by electronic devices actually makes us feel less sleepy. The blue light actually wakes up our stress hormone, cortisol, rather than letting melatonin, the sleep hormone, send us to sleep. And the activity itself – be it talking to friends or watching TV – stimulates our brain when it should be winding down. Bedrooms are supposed to be a place of rest but instead, they are increasingly filled with distractions like laptops and mobile phones, making it harder to nod off. No one wants to give up time with their family or entertainment, so we give up sleep instead. Humans are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent reason – then wonder why we’re running late in the morning, after pressing the snooze button 4 times. We then spend the day relying on caffeine and alcohol – both of which affect our sleep duration and quality. It appears to be a never-ending, sleepless circle.
The Sleeping Solution?
Wouldn’t it be good if there was a caffeine-free, natural solution to help you drift off at night? Well actually there is – Aura SleepyT! Our SleepyT is a gentle blend of lily bulb, reishi mushroom, jasmine and raspberry leaf. Reishi mushrooms have been used by Chinese and Japanese herbalists due to its sleep-promoting ability and modern science has found that is useful for sleep. Lily bulbs are used as a sedative and are used for calming the spirit, treating restlessness and irritability, and inducing relaxation and peaceful sleep.
SleepyT isn’t like a sleeping tablet that knocks you out and leaves you feeling like a zombie the next day – it’s a natural alternative that actually works! All Aura teas are made from 100% natural ingredients, and do not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and no added sugar. Aura was influenced by Chinese herbal remedies which are traditionally taken like a brewed tea. These are made from natural plants which contain powerful nutritional properties. They have been inspired by ancient tea recipes to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. Aura teas have been designed for people who prefer to take a more natural approach to staying fit and healthy. To help relax the body before bed, brew a mug of SleepyT a few hours before going to bed and enjoy a restful and natural sleep.