A lack of sleep may be putting our health at risk according to a new warning from one of the UK’s leading sleep experts.
Though the health risk associated with smoking, drinking and eating too much are well known, Neil Stanley, a sleep researcher at the University of East Anglia is calling on people to take the problem of sleep deprivation and its consequences more seriously.(1)
Poor or inadequate sleep has been shown to be responsible for lower levels of immunity, poor performance, mood changes and even weight gain.
It is also thought that long term it may increase the risk of serious health conditions including heart disease, depression and diabetes.
Expert herbalist Dr Serene Foster says: “A good night’s sleep is vital for helping to maintain good physical and emotional health and is just as important as other lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet and taking exercise. The body needs sleep to help it rest and recuperate, but unfortunately the pressures of modern day living mean that for many people a night of sound, un-interrupted sleep is something they can only dream about.”
Valerian is a herbal remedy for anxiety and sleeplessness that offers a natural solution to getting a good night’s sleep. Extracted from the roots of a riverside plant, valerian was used by ancient Greeks for its calming properties and continues to be popular today as it helps relax the body without any of the side effects associated with sleeping tablets that can leave you feeling drowsy the next day.
Valerian has a long history of clinical trials which have demonstrated that taking standardised valerian can help to relax and aid sleep naturally in the short term (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Expert herbalist Dr Serene Foster says: “Valerian has been traditionally taken for thousands of years as a safe and natural way to help people relax and get some quality sleep when times are tough. Today it continues to be just as effective at helping people cope with anxiety and sleeplessness.
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Valerian costs £5.99 for 25 tablets and is available from Boots, Waitrose and all good independent health food stores and pharmacies.
1. BBC News Online Scrubbing Up: Time to ‘reclaim the night’ for sleep. Neil Stanely, sleep researcher, University of East Anglia, 2009
2. P. Leathwood, F. Chauffard, E. Heck, R. Munoz-Box, Aqueous extract of valerian root improves sleep quality in man, Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1982; 17:65-71
3. M. Kropley, Z. Cave, J. Ellis and R. W. Middleton, Effect of Kava and Valerian on Human Physiological and Psychological Responses to Mental Stress Assesses under Laboratory Conditions, Phytother Res 16 23-27 (2002)
4. G. Ziegler et al, Efficacy and tolerability of valerian extract LI 156 compared with oxazepam in the treatment of non-organic insomnia – a randomised, double-blind, comparative clinical study. Eur J. Med. Res. 2002; 7: 480-486
5. F. Donath et al, Critical evaluation of the effect of valerian extract on sleep structure and sleep quality, Pharmacopsychiatry 2000; 33: 47-53
6. D. Wheatley, Stress induced insomnia treated with Kava and valerian: singly and in combination. Hum. Psychopharmacol. Clin. Exp. 2011; 16: 353-356
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