A simple cuppa could make all the difference to your night-time wind-down, offering a beautiful ritual to help soothe your mind and lull you into a restful state.
Most of us can agree that there are few things as blissful as waking up after a full night’s sleep, knowing your body and mind had the rest and restoration it needs, and deserves. The world just seems a little bit brighter, your step a little lighter and your smile a little wider.
Just like new parents are encouraged to create a consistent evening wind-down ritual to give their babies’ brains strong sleep cues, adult brains can also reap incredible benefits from receiving solid ‘switch off’ signals each night.
In fact, if you want deep, restorative sleep to be your body’s default mode, then sleep experts suggest implementing a regular bedtime routine that you follow religiously most nights.
The specific steps you take to wrap up each day is up to you, but the Sleep Health Foundation suggest that at the very least, we all try to go to bed and get up at roughly the same time each day; avoid big meals or vigorous exercise right before bed; and dedicate the final hour of each day to relaxing activities, such as taking a warm bath, reading quietly or sipping a warm drink.
So, adding a cup of Pukka’s Night Time Tea to your relaxing ritual is a no brainer for anyone on a ‘best sleep’ quest.
Using ancient wisdom
Blended following traditional Ayurvedic principles and credible plant-based expertise, Pukka’s Night Time Teas are made from a selection of the highest quality herbs designed to boost your body’s sleep promoting systems.
Lavender, chamomile and limeflower aid relaxation for the initial drift-off. Then once you’ve fallen asleep, valerian, ashwagandha and oat flowering tops will help keep you there.
If you prefer a sweet treat to cap off your day, reach for Pukka’s new Night Time Berry, which has added organic berries for a flavourful twist to your favourite sleep companion.
Make it a mindful meditation
Perhaps just as powerful as those sleep promoting ingredients is the ceremony itself of pouring your little cup of Pukka.
You can turn the simple act of brewing tea into a wonderful exercise in mindfulness by really tuning into your senses and welcoming a sense of ease.
Ideal herbal infusion takes anywhere from 10-to-15 minutes, which provides you a blissful amount of time to wind down with a relaxing, meditative, night-time ritual. Try choosing a special teacup and admire the ceramic’s intricate colours, patterns, or textures. Listen intently to the kettle boiling, inhale the aromas and feel the warmth of the cup resting in your hands.
Settle into a quiet nook, take a few deep breaths, and sip your special cuppa, allowing the calming effects to wash over you.
Soothe yourself with sounds
To round out your ultimate evening relaxation ritual, why not tune into a special Spotify playlist that has been specially curated to bring balance back to your body’s unique and specific needs.
Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicinal system, promotes the use of sounds and mantras to heal and bring harmony into our bodies, which may help improve sleep.
With Ayurveda recognising three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha – the thinking goes that we need all three to be in equilibrium to enjoy a balanced body, mind and spirit.
If you have issues getting to sleep, your vata or pita doshas may be out of balance. Conversely, if you need support waking up and getting going, it could be your kapha dosha.
Pukka has created a short sleep dosha quiz that provides you with a few tips (according to your individual doshas), and a specially curated playlist with the wisdom and help of Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and yoga teacher, to help you get a better night’s sleep, by bringing the doshas back into balance.
Help balance your dosha and press play on your recommended calming Spotify playlist as you wind down for the night, sipping your Pukka Night Time Tea before drifting into a deep sleep.
The vata playlist can be found here:
The pitta playlist can be found here:
The kapha playlist can be found here.
To discover more visit pukkaherbs.com/au/en