The city that never sleeps
22nd March 2018
There are so many reasons that we all love sleep. It's our time to reset, to dream, to recharge the body and mind. Who wouldn't love more sleep with so many benefits?
Well, although New York might be known as the city that never sleeps, here in the UK during an average night we sleep 5% less than our American counterparts.
New research shows the average UK adult only clocks up on average six hours and 22 minutes per night, falling short of the eight hours sleep recommended by the NHS and Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. The research also showed that Brighton is the worst sleeping city in the UK, with an average of six hours eight minutes sleep a night.*
So, to help Brighton rest a little easier - especially as we lose a precious hour when the clocks go forward this weekend - our Herbal Director and practising Medical Herbalist, Euan MacLennan, headed to the city's famous Lanes, to offer up expert natural sleeping advice from the comfort of our giant Pukka bed.
Euan stressed the importance of a good night’s sleep, saying: “A good night's sleep is important because it's your body's chance to repair itself, it's your bodies chance to rejuvenate itself for the next day, and I think if you ask anyone who hasn't had a good night's sleep, they'll tell you it affects their ability to perform.”
"There is a range of medicines available to help people with sleep problems; these include sedatives, antidepressants and antihistamines with many different types of effects and side effects. Health professionals report that people who take conventional sleeping pills for long periods of time develop new poor sleeping patterns, dependency and rebound insomnia.”
In contrast, research shows that side-effects from herbal medicines for sleep and relaxation are rarely experienced by participants. Plant power has been used for centuries to help with many different sleeping challenges.
“Herbal approaches to sleep have been traditionally used to support natural functions”, says Euan. “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 restorative sleep aids. The combination of plant-based tonics and mild relaxants is an approach to sleep that crosses continents and centuries.”
Euan and Pukka's herbal experts, blend teas and supplements specifically for wellbeing purposes, considering what might be lying at the root of an ailment and aiming to alleviate this as much as the symptoms.
In particular, our Night Time 7 Day Kit focuses on aiding sleep naturally using calming and relaxing tonics, having a nurturing and supportive effect on body and mind, both of which need to be relaxed in order to sleep.
The Night Time 7 Day Kit is made up of tea that helps you sleep in our calming Night Time tea - expertly blended with herbs such as lavender, chamomile and oat flower - and Night Time supplements, formulated using seven organic herbs, such as the adaptogenic tonic ashwagandha and valerian, all of which play a specific role in relaxing a restless body and mind. Our herbal expert team has also created a wellbeing programme to follow as you try the Night Time blends.
Did you come and climb into our giant Pukka bed? Share your photos with @PukkaHerbs using #PukkaSleepWell. Thank you Brighton, and sleep well.
*Brighton was closely followed by Plymouth (six hours and nine minutes), Cardiff (six hours and 12 minutes) and Birmingham (six hours and 14 minutes) as the worst sleeping cities in the UK.