Roughly 30% of people suffer from insomnia, which means almost one in three of us aren’t getting the best sleep we could. Good sleep is vital for our overall health and happiness, and your pre-bedtime routine is a key part in ensuring good sleep health. If you currently have a glass of wine, a cup of tea or a hot chocolate every evening as part of your wind-down, you might want to consider switching it for a cup of herbal tea. For centuries, sleep teas have been a popular insomnia remedy, and there have been a host of modern studies backing up their effectiveness. So what are the best bedtime teas to help you sleep? Get the kettle on and try these…
5 Best Sleep Teas
Chamomile tea has been a popular bedtime infusion for many years, due to its calming effects. It contains antioxidant apigenin, which can reduce anxiety and help you to sleep. Studies suggest that chamomile tea can not only help you get to sleep quicker, but wake fewer times, too.
Lavender sprays and body creams have long been associated with aiding sleep thanks to its relaxing, soothing scent. The tea is no different, with the soothing aroma of the tea helping you to relax, while the tea itself is said to settle nerves and aid sleep.
Insomnia and sleeplessness is often linked to anxiety, which is why valerian root tea is a popular sleep tea. Valerian herb has been used for centuries to treat anxiety, headaches and nerves.
Lemon balm tea has a citrusy, minty flavour and is thought to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Some people find it a little more palatable than some of the stronger herbal flavours.
Peppermint tea helps to relax muscles and also relieves indigestion, so it’s a good option if it’s a rumbling stomach keeping you awake at night. If you find yourself eating late (best avoided if possible) then pour yourself a cup of peppermint tea afterwards.
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