The Best Teas to Drink Before Bed
At the end of the day, many people enjoy the relaxation of curling up in bed for a restful slumber; however, for some, insomnia is a struggle that leaves them begging to feel tired. Even if you’ve never experienced chronic sleeplessness, you’ve most likely had the occasional (and uncomfortable) restless night – where not even counting sheep will help you drift to dreamland. Drinking certain kinds of caffeine-free, herbal teas can be a great way to calm your mind and body down in preparation for a good night’s rest. The next time you just can’t seem to fall asleep, try some tea blends that include these ingredients.
The chamomile plant has been used as a traditional medicine for many millennia; typically to reduce anxiety. It has also been shown to function as a mild sedative, which is why the flower of the plant is so popular in many nighttime tea blends that you can find in your local grocery store.
Chamomile tea has even more purposes than helping you rest at night: Some people enjoy it as a caffeine-free alternative to green and black teas, while others like it due to its earthy taste. The antioxidants available in chamomile tea are also suspected to possibly play a role in lowering your risk of a variety of illnesses.
Although this tea ingredient is less popular by name than chamomile, it is still present in many tea blends you can find on grocery shelves. It has been used for many years as a traditional medicine, aiding in the relief of hyperactivity, migraines, menstrual cramps and depression; however, it is most popularly utilized as a sleep aid.
Close to forty plants are technically classified as lavender, but the most common form is the “lavandula angustifolia” – the plant that the color lavender is based on. This kind is most commonly found in the Mediterranean, Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. It is widely used among food, cosmetics, herbal medicine and as an essential oil.
When it’s used in a tea blend, it can soothe anxiety and insomnia, and thanks to its potent antioxidant properties, it can work as an anti-inflammatory as well. It has been shown to not only relieve symptoms of insomnia for some, but also increase the likelihood of having a truly restful sleep.