Daily Mail - 07.08.2019

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Daily Mail, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Page 

By Victoria Allen
Science Correspondent

IF you’ve ever hesitated about saying yes
to that offer of a coffee after dinner or
cup of tea before bed, you can now stop
worrying, say scientists.
Drinking caffeine close to bedtime may
not stop you getting off to sleep after all,
a study suggests. Instead, it is alcohol
which is far more likely to lead to a night
of tossing and turning.
Researchers tracked the sleep of nearly
800 people over six nights, and got them
to note if they had consumed caffeine,
alcohol or nicotine in the four hours
before bed.
Almost half had caffeinated drinks at

night but no link with poor sleep could be
found. In contrast, those who drank
alcohol saw their sleep efficiency fall by
almost 1 per cent – the equivalent of five
minutes’ lost sleep. Those who smoked
before bed saw a 2 per cent fall, an aver-
age of eight extra minutes awake.
The study, published in the journal Sleep,
did not take into account how much caf-
feine the participants drank or how sensi-

tive they were to it. Some people break it
down in their bodies faster than others.
Lead author Dr Christine Spadola, of
Florida Atlantic University, said: ‘While we
did find evening consumption of alcohol
and nicotine were associated with sleep
disruption, we did not find an association
with caffeine
‘This was a surprise but is not unprece-
dented. The previous evidence is mixed

when it comes to the effect of caffeine on
sleep. However, it is best to limit caffein-
ated drinks after noon for optimal sleep.’
Alcohol affects chemicals in the brain
and is known to cause shallower sleep.
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants which
can block chemicals important for sleep.
The NHS advises people looking for a
better night’s sleep to cut down on
caffeine in coffee, tea, energy drinks and
colas, especially in the evening.

A cup of coffee near bedtime may NOT

stop you getting a good night’s sleep

This little piggy will

never go to market!

‘I’d brought some blankets with
me, swaddled her up and she fell
asleep in my arms within seconds

  • I fell in love with her there and
    then,’ she said.
    ‘The day before Ellis called me,
    I was driving along the A12 near
    my home and spotted a transport
    truck full of pigs. Realising they
    may be on their way to the abat-
    toir, I was grief-stricken all day.
    ‘Then, when Ellis called me the
    next morning, I knew it was fate.
    It sounds crazy, but I honestly
    believe the universe wanted me

to take in this poor, abandoned
piglet.’ Mrs Buck and her family
made efforts to find out where
the lorry she saw was from, in
case it had been carrying the
piglet, but it had no markings.
She spent a day preparing her
house to accommodate Peggy
and introducing the piglet to
her two dogs, bulldog Ernie and
terrier Eddie.
‘I didn’t want to push Peggy
into being a pet,’ she said. ‘I
wanted her to feel comfortable

doing whatever her natural
instincts told her to do.’
But it took just one night out-
doors for Peggy to prove she is a
house hog. ‘She was grunting at
the door, desperate to get in,
and before we knew it, she was
running around the house
exploring,’ Mrs Buck said.
‘She really is like a newborn
baby and brings out all my
maternal instincts. She sleeps,
eats, and will occasionally kick
about a bit before drifting back

off.’ Peggy, who is fed organic
oats and goats’ milk, will even-
tually grow to about 7ft long and
weigh up to 40st but there is no
chance she will end up on the
dinner table – Mrs Buck became
a vegan in 2015 after four years
as a vegetarian and runs online
food resource The Vegan Owl.
‘I’m well aware just how big
she’s going to get, but that’s fine,
we live in an old farmhouse – so
we have the space,’ she said.
‘There’ll always be a home here

for Peggy. We just want her to live
out her natural life. The only kind
of sausages anyone will be eating
here will be vegan versions.’
She and Mr Buck, 53, a care-
taker, are happy to have Peggy
nestling between them on the
sofa – while she’s small.
‘Although, if she’s going to
insist on watching telly with us
every night, we might have to
get a bigger armchair,’ Mrs Buck
said. ‘In fact, it might be best if
she got her own sofa!’

Pig in a blanket: Peggy takes a snooze with her cuddly toy. Right: The piglet with Mrs Buck’s terrier Eddie

By Henry Goodwin

WHEN vegan campaigner Lisa Buck
was told that a piglet had been found
wandering by the roadside, she took
it as a sign she had to save its bacon.
For, the previous day, she had been upset
to see a farm truck loaded with pigs. Now
not only has Mrs Buck adopted the piglet,
which she has named Peggy, the foundling
even snuggles up on the sofa as she and
husband Bill watch TV.
Peggy was rescued from the side of the road
in Norfolk by a family friend 12 days ago.
Mrs Buck’s son Ellis, 24, rang to tell her the
news and she immediately offered to care for the
piglet. Mrs Buck, 48, who lives near Diss, is no
stranger to caring for lost animals, having spent
much of her life tending wounded birds.
As soon as she obtained the permit needed to
keep a pig, she dashed round to pick up Peggy.

Pink and
Peggy with
Lisa Buck

Porker is rescued from roadside...

and given new home by a vegan



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