Spring has arrived and this weekend sees the clocks go forward, but what does that mean to insomniacs like myself? more disruption to ones natural body clock disturbed sleep patterns and early mornings but nature has a fab way of helping you to get a good nights sleep.
This Sunday marks the start of British Summer Time (BST) – and hopefully the start of some sunnier weather – but while the promise of longer and lighter days will be a welcomed change, we will lose an hour of precious sleep.
The clocks will spring forward on Sunday, March 25 at 2 am
, meaning one less hour of sleep and a seasonal transition that may take some getting used to, particularly for those of us who are already burning the candle at both ends.
New research from Pukka Herbs shows that the average UK adult gets just 6 hours 22 minutes sleep each night but don’t worry, the new season is the perfect time of year to revisit your sleep routine and implement new habits.
Here are seven secret herbs to makeover your sleep habits and have you sleeping like a baby in just one week!
1. Valerian is a strong nervine and sedative to the central nervous system relaxing tense muscles whilst also encouraging an undisturbed sleep, healthy sleeping pattern and ameliorating stress.
2. Chamomile is a classic relaxant for the whole body but particularly the nervous system, and is an excellent herb for children.
3. Lavender contains aromatic essential oils that reduce difficulty in falling asleep, promoting a more restful sleep and preventing night-time wakening.
4. Limeflowers are particularly effective in helping to treat bad dreams and soothing a frazzled nervous system.
5. Oatflower is a restorative to the nervous system which calms shattered nerves, relieves emotional instability and helps to restore a sense of peace and tranquillity.
6. Ashwagandha is a strengthening adaptogenic tonic for nourishing the nervous and immune system, reducing stress and promoting a rejuvenating night’s sleep. Ashwagandha, one of Ayurveda’s most prized herbs, is a modern-day ‘adaptogen’, adapting to the needs of our body and mind. On the one hand, it’s a tonic with the power to strengthen an exhausted and agitated nervous system; on the other, it’s a calming and restoring sedative. It’s these amazing all-rounder qualities that make ashwagandha a great choice for treating conditions such as insomnia, stress, anxiety and hormonal imbalance. It will help encourage a rejuvenating night’s sleep by helping it relax but also energising body and mind through nourishing the adrenal glands so that, on waking, you are ready for the day ahead.
7. Nutmeg has sedative properties and can help to relax the nervous system. It may specifically help to prevent waking up after falling asleep – great news for those of us who tend to wake up in the night with a restless and racing mind.
Euan MacLennan, Clinical Medicine lecturer, practising Medical Herbalist says: “Herbal approaches to sleep have been traditionally used to support natural functions. For example, valerian was originally used as a convalescent tonic to help rebuild energy (its name comes from the Latin – to be strong and healthy) and ashwagandha was principally a restorative herb that also helps improve sleep. Flowering oats were seen as restorative sleep aids. Such tonics would often be combined with herbs widely used for their gentle calming benefits, for restless children, irritability and mild stresses. Examples include chamomile and lavender. The combination of plant-based tonics and mild relaxants is an approach to sleep that crosses continents and centuries.”
Courtesy of http://www.pukkaherbs/com/sleepwell