Herbal Teas to help you sleep better – having a good night sleep
Sleeping is vital part of our life, yet so many of us tend to cheat on sleeping, are experiencing insomnia or have bad habits that prevent relaxing sleeping.
Not having a proper good night sleep can make your day go to waste via sleepiness, loss of focus, concentration and decreased productivity. It is thus vital to help your body and mind relax in the evening as well as possible.
Why is it important to have good night sleep?
Having a good night sleep is important, because this is the time when both your mind and body can relax and regenerate. While we sleep our brain gets ready for the next day. Sleeping helps you improve your learning, problem solving, focus and it also helps in reducing stress. People who cannot sleep enough have problems with working properly, getting along with others, they can become moody and agitated faster.
Sleeping also promotes physical health. While sleeping your body is working on healing itself, such as your heart and blood vessels for example. Studies show that sleep also helps in keeping a healthy balance for your hormones, supports growth and development and helps your immune system to perform better.
Does tea helps you to sleep better?
If you read the different articles on our page, you might already know: different research results come out every year regarding the benefits of tea for your health. Although there are quite some research available on the health benefits of tea, not much available regarding sleeping and helping on insomnia.
Although there is not much research out there regarding the benefits of tea for sleeping, it does not mean, that tea cannot help you sleep better.
If you browse online, you can find many people turning to herbal teas as a sleeping aid and providing lots of ideas, how it is the best to drink it.
So does tea really helps you to sleep better?
It could well be that next to the chemical compounds of some herbal teas, just by having the relaxing ritual of brewing a nice herbal tea just before bed, already improves your sleep. As we talked about it on our other page, Relax with tea, just the habit of drinking tea in itself can be relaxing.
How can tea help you sleep better?
Next to the relaxing benefits of some herbal teas, the ritual of drinking a nice warm cup of herbal tea can already help in improving the way you go to bed and start your sleep.
- Taking the time to make your herbal tea, is itself already a slow and relaxing activity. You set the water to boil, choose a mug you like and smell the aroma of your different teas.
- After the tea is done, you sit down, concentrate on the aroma, drinking the warm beverage slowly. This gives you time to reflect, relax. In the meantime you are hopefully not watching your mobile screen, which was also shown to be beneficial for relaxing your eyes and mind before sleep.
- Drinking a warm beverage is itself relaxing and a slow process, which helps you to unwind.
- You can enhance your tea drinking ritual in the evening by listening to a calming music in the process. You can find many great relaxing music online, for example on youtube, such as this one:
A word of caution regarding herbal teas
As with anything in life, treat consumption moderately, do not overdo it. While drinking herbal teas can have positive effects and generally considered as safe, having 10-15 cups a day for a longer period of time of a given herb is probably not the best idea.
Herbal teas in general has many benefits when consumed moderately, but with any plant, they can have also unwanted negative effects, depending on your condition. A few of these effects were mentioned in the text, but it is best if you always contact your doctor to ask for you specific situation.
Which herbal teas (plants) are known for helping you sleep better?
Chamomile is probably the number one bedtime tea that people suggest to try when your have problems with sleeping.
The Chamomile plant belongs to the family of ‘daises’ and its tea is caffeine free. It has been used for many years by mankind, already by the ancient Egyptians, for its positive effects.
Different studies show more or less benefits of Chamomile tea. Some studies find it can help relaxation by lowering your heart rate and skin temperature, other show that it can help in lowering your blood sugar.
On the other side, Chamomile tea also acts as a blood thinner, so you should always consult your doctor if you are already taking blood thinner medicines. For some people it can cause allergic reactions (ragweed).
Chamomile is one of the most widely used herbal teas for helping with insomnia; you can find it in nearly every bedtime tea blend. It has a great bittersweet taste, with a floral, appleish aroma and a beautiful golden color.
From Peppermint you can make a great refreshing cup of tea. It is often included in bedtime tea mixes. The benefits of peppermint include muscles relaxant properties, which can help your body unwind and the fresh aroma of peppermint can help in putting your mind to rest.
It can also help your stomach digestion, relieve nausea and avoid being bloated from gasses. Some people like to have a nice cup of peppermint tea after a big lunch or dinner. People also believe that drinking peppermint tea when having a cold, can be beneficial, as it can boost your immune system.
Its negative effects also stem from its muscles relaxant properties; people with stomach problems (such as GERD) should consult their doctors first before drinking Peppermint tea, as it can increase the symptoms. Peppermint tea in general is not recommended to be consumed during pregnancy, as it can relax the uterus! If you are taking some type of medication, you should also consult with your doctor before starting to drink peppermint tea.
Peppermint mint tea has a refreshing, cooling aroma, distinctive minty flavor while being a smooth tea. Its can be a great herbal tea to drink any time of the day. Adding honey to peppermint tea can make the experience taste even better!
Lavender is bright purple colored plant that is used in different toiletry products and interestingly also for making herbal tea. Lavender has a very typical, floral, soothing aroma.
Research found that inhaling the aroma of lavender can have a relaxing effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation, stress relief and helping for people with insomnia. Research on animals also showed that lavender can also help in relaxing the digestive system.
Warnings concern the fact that it can relax the nervous system thus if you are already taking medication for this purpose, better not to use lavender. Similarly to other herbs it can also cause allergic reactions, however sources say that generally it is a safe herb.