Have you been searching for a natural remedy to help you get to sleep? If this is the case, you might want to try brewing yourself a warm cup of tea. There are several varieties that might be able to help you get a good night sleep.
The six teas discussed in this blog can help you relax, reduce anxiety and stress, and relieve insomnia, all of which can lead to a restful and fulfilling night’s sleep.
A widely popular nighttime beverage, chamomile tea is well known for its benefits for sleep. Because of its mildly sedative properties, it promotes relaxation of nerves and muscles. Chamomile can also help relieve insomnia, anxiety, and studies have shown that it may alleviate depression.1,2
In addition to its benefits for sleep, chamomile tea can aid in relieving a number of digestive upsets, boost immune system function, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Decaf Green Tea
Green tea is perhaps best known for its high levels of antioxidants, as well as its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-microbial properties.3 And while green tea typically contains caffeine, decaf varieties might be able to help you relax and sleep well.
Green tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is known to improve concentration and alertness. However, L-theanine can also promote relaxation and reduce stress, which makes green tea a potential sleep aid.
But before you brew yourself a cup of green tea in the evening, be sure to double check that it’s caffeine free.
Studies have shown that lavender can help relieve insomnia, reduce anxiety, aid in relaxation, and lead to a better night sleep.4
And if you don’t like drinking lavender tea, even the scent of lavender can be beneficial. So why not try adding some lavender essential oil to a relaxing Epsom salt bath before you go to bed, and see if it helps.
Passion Flower Tea
Much like the aforementioned lavender and chamomile teas, passion flower tea has a calming effect, and can aid in relieving insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, and stress.
In addition to being a sleep aid, passion flower tea may help lower blood pressure, and has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Passion flower tea may also be able to relieve some menopause symptoms such as hot-flashes, and can help improve mood and regulate hormones.5
Part of the mint family, lemon balm is an herbal plant that has a wealth of health benefits. It has a calming effect, and can help alleviate insomnia, anxiety, and stress.
According to one study, lemon balm also has the potential to improve mood and increase calmness and alertness.6 In addition, it can aid in relieving some gastrointestinal upsets, including gas, indigestion, upset stomach, and bloating.
A popular ingredient in sleep promoting tea blends, valerian is an herb with natural sedative properties.
Research on valerian supports its usefulness for alleviating insomnia and aiding sleep. It has been shown to reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, as-well-as improve quality of sleep.7
Cup of Tea?
Next time you need some help getting to sleep, pop the kettle on and make yourself a warm cup of soothing and relaxing tea from the list above… or get someone else to do it for you!