Lack of sleep has many known effects, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best. Did you know that sleep deprivation can have other consequences on your physical health?
One in three people who suffer from poor sleep blame stress, computers and taking work home. However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and lack of focus.
Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes and it shortens your life expectancy.
When you might need more sleep than normal?
There are some situations when you'll need more than the standard eight hours of sleep a night. It’s not unusual to want 10-15 hours of rest and sleep a day if you are:
If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.2. Sleep can slim you down
Sleeping less can make you weigh more! Studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a day are 30% more likely to be obese than those who get nine hours of sleep or more.
It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin, the chemical that makes you feel full and increased levels of ghrelin, the hunger-stimulating hormone.3. Sleep boosts your mental well-being
Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it’s not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than six hours a night.4. Sleep prevents diabetes
Studies have suggested that people who usually sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of having or developing diabetes.
It seems that missing out on deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes by changing the way the body processes glucose, the high-energy carbohydrate that cells use for fuel.5. Sleep increases your sex drive
Men and women who don’t get enough quality sleep have lower libidos and less of an interest in having sex, research shows.
Men who suffer from sleep apnoea – a disorder in which breathing difficulties lead to interrupted sleep – also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.6. Sleep wards off heart disease
Long-standing sleep deprivation seems to be associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.7. Sleep increases your fertility
Difficulty conceiving a baby has been claimed as one of the effects of sleep deprivation – in both men and women. Apparently, regular sleep disruptions can impair fertility by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones.
It’s now clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.
Sweet Dreams Tea is a specially blended herbal tea mix to aid in the best night’s sleep without any side effects. Sweet Dreams Tea can release a variety of active substances such as bioflavonoids, amino-acid to relieve anxiety, tension, anger and fear, calm the nerves, relax your mind, improve sleep quality, and help solve the problem of insomnia. It will also help digestion and improve metabolism, it is a very good health and wellness tea.
We have blended a mix of high quality fresh ingredients which includes Valerian, Tilia, Peanut leaves, Cortex albiziae, Hemerocallis, Lavender, Chamomile and Sweet tea.
Valerian – Valerian is natural herbal plant native to Europe and parts of Asia. Valerian ismost often used to treat insomnia. American Journal of Medicine 2006 concluded that, "The available evidence suggests that valerian might improve sleep quality without producing side effects” Information can be found here on wikipedia.
Tilia - The Tilia tree produces fragrant and nectar-producing flowers, the medicinal herb lime blossom. Information can be found here on wikipedia.
Peanut leaves - Rich in nutrients and important source of plant protein.
Cortex Albiziae – Also known as He Huan Pi which is a Chinese herbal dry bark medicine used to reduce anger, depression, restlessness and insomnia.
Hemerocallis – Also known as Daylily. Hemerocallis is commonly used in Chinese cuisine. Hemerocallis is thought to cure insomnia and detoxify the body.
Lavender - Lavandula (common name lavender) is a well-known flowering plant. Lavender is known to aid in sleep and relaxation. Information can be found here on wikipedia.
Chamomile – A daisy like flowering plant commonly used to make herb infusions that can help to induce sleep. Information can be found here on wikipedia.
Sweet tea – Herbal Tea Direct Sweet Tea leaves are a completely 100% natural green tea plant. Please see our blog here with detailed information about our special handpicked sweet tea and it’s health benefits.
With nature in every sip™, why not try some Herbal Tea Direct Sweet Dreams Tea for a great nights sleep.