You might have a good, healthy sleep and you might even not have problems falling asleep. But even the most regular sleepers sometimes have a bad day that sways them off the track. It might be a stressful day at work, a fight with your loved ones or a hectic situation with your friends that caused you to feel so anxious.
If you’re among people that value their sleep the most, than you don’t want to disrupt anything from having your most healthy and high-quality sleep, right? So when these situations happen, what do you do? Our suggestion is to try to relax by some of your preferred methods, and have a cup of tea!
Why should you have a cup of tea instead of taking a pill? Melatonin works just good enough! And there are even natural pills that can make you fall asleep within minutes! Well, hot beverages like tea have calming effects, and will bring your sleep more benefits than a sleeping/relaxing pill. Let’s get more into details and tell you which teas are the absolute best for a better sleep.
Before naming the best teas you can drink in order to sleep like a baby this night, let’s explain why are teas so beneficial for us, and what makes herbal teas different than the other types of teas.
Herbal teas are brewed exactly in the same way as tea, but they are actually not considered as teas, but ’tisanes’.
All herbal teas will help you: achieve a more calm and relaxed state of mind, cleanse your body, promote your overall energy and wellness and relieve yourself from too much stress. However, some of them are known for treating successfully at some rate certain health conditions.
Regular tea comes from the tea plant and it contains caffeine. On the other hand, herbal teas are primarily mixtures of dried leaves, seeds, grasses, fruits, flowers or other parts of the plant that are infused into the water. These ingredients give the ’tisane’ a specific taste and a specific purpose.
There are some that help in throat aches, others that help with digestion, detoxification, cough, etc. etc. In the same way, there are plenty of tisanes that work like magic when it comes to falling asleep faster. What makes them very good for your sleeping time is their mild sedative effect combined with the warmth that calms down your state of mind.
But which herbal tea should you choose?
The first herbal tea that comes to our mind when thinking about those that have calming effects must be chamomile. It is the first tea you would get suggested as a best herbal sleep aid. In fact, it is a mild tranquilizer and can be helpful in treating insomnia.
But what are its calming properties due to? Well, the reason chamomile is so effective in making you fall asleep is the antioxidant called apigenin. This antioxidant calms the receptors of the brain and as a result, helps in decreasing anxiety and initiating sleep. This is what makes chamomile a great, but mild sedative to bring you to your sleep.
Also, in various studies, it has been shown that when taken regularly, chamomile improves your overall sleep quality. If you start drinking chamomile tea often, you might notice that it is easier for you to fall asleep, that you are waking up more rested and that you don’t wake up during the night any longer.
2. Valerian Root
Valerian is also a very popular choice when speaking of herbal remedies to lack of sleep. In fact, valerian is believed to treat problems like insomnia, headaches and anxiety for centuries. It is among most sold herbal sleep aids in Europe and the US.
While there are capsules or valerian in liquid form that are much faster in achieving the calmer state of mind, the tea from valerian root can also help in improving sleep.
But what makes valerian such an effective sleep aid? Scientists believe that it is due to it’s ability to increase the levels GABA, gamma-aminobutyric acid. When GABA is present in higher amounts, you feel more sleepy.
Lavender is a herb that has been used since the ancient times for scenting the homes. It was usually found in baths or bedrooms because of its soothing and calming fragrance.
But, lavender is not only a great sent with calming effects, it can also be used as a herbal tea that will promote relaxation and a better sleep. This powerful herb will achieve it in several ways.
First of all, lavender decreases anxiety which will inevitably help people that suffer from anxiety-induced sleep disorders. On the other hand, it will help you have a good, restorative sleep and regulate your heart’s rate while asleep.
These effects were found to be very beneficial for people that suffer from anxiety.
4. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is used similarly as lavender. It can be used as a fragrance, but it can also be used to make tea.
This citrus-scented herb is highly effective in reducing stress and improving sleep which is why it is often suggested to people that suffer from chronic sleep problems.
Just like Valerian root, lemon balm also makes you sleepier by increasing the GABA levels in your brain’s chemistry. This process makes it a great sedative people suffering from sleep-related issues are looking for.
Another tea you can enjoy before bed and have a guaranteed night of good sleep is passion flower tea. Not only can this herb relax your body and mind, but it has been found that when combined with other herbs (such as hops), it can be a very effective remedy for insomnia.
If you want to achieve a better sleep quality, then you probably want to try passion flower tea. Besides being rich in healthy components such as alkaloids, organic acids, vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, flavonoids and sterols, it will easily make you less stressed and anxious.
It will soothe your nerves and ease you into a restful state that will make falling asleep as pleasant as it can be. It improves and strengthens your nerves by improving blood flow to them. It was found that passion flower may also be helpful in cases of mild depression too.
6. Magnolia Bark
Magnolia is one of the most beautiful flowers and plants in the world. It has a beautiful scent that is often used in perfumes, home fragrances and cosmetics. However, chinese medicine has found another purpose for it, that is perhaps more important than the ones we’re familiar with.
Chinese medicine has used magnolia tea for thousands of years to heal various conditions: from digestive problems over respiratory issues to stress and lack of sleep.
It’s sedative effect is due to Honokiol, that also increases GABA in your brain, leading to an increased feeling of sleepiness. So, in the same way as lavender and lemon balm teas, magnolia bark tea should help your body recover better by promoting the quality of your sleep
7. St. John’s Wort tea
Although St. John’s Wort is often used as the best herbal treatment for depression, it has been shown that it can also be very successful in promoting better sleep.
Drinking tea from this herb will decrease stress, anxiety and will also promote your serotonin production. This will be a wonderful choice for anyone that has depression-induced sleeping problems.
Insomnia can often appear alongside symptoms of depression. This is why this herb might also be a good treatment for people that suffer from insomnia.
8. Catnip Tea
Catnip might make cats go crazy, but it is very healthy for humans. Often, catnip is used for gastrointestinal problems such as: indigestion, cramping, gas and so on. However, this healthy herb is also known as a treatment to plenty of other conditions.
In fact, catnip tea can be used in order to help with increasing urination, coughs, arthritis, viruses, but also insomnia. You can also have it if you don’t suffer from insomnia, but are just having a restless night.
It is a perfect, mild herbal sedative that won’t have any adverse events and will provide you with a good sleep. The great part about it is that it can also be safely given to children too.
While spearmint might look like a herb that works better in activating you and increasing your energy levels, it can also be very powerful in relaxation and stress reducing.
In fact, spearmint tea is often used in South America to treat insomnia and reduce stress. It was also found that the extract of this plant helps in decreasing anxiety. Therefore, this also makes a great tea to relax yourself before falling asleep.
Another way it can help your sleep, is by soothing indigestion and removing headaches that can make falling asleep much more difficult. Also, if you have nasal blockage or a temporary difficulty breathing, spearmint will help you cleanse the airways which will make your entire sleeping ritual easier.
10. Linden Tea
Linden tea is often made of linden flower, linden leaf and sometimes even the inner bark of the linden tree. The flower and the bark are believed to have most calming agents and, as a result, have been used as sedatives for centuries.
Linden is primarily known to alleviate anxiety, but as we realized so far, what works good to decrease anxiety, works greatly in calming our nerves. This all adds up to having another powerful herb that will make falling and staying asleep much easier.
11. Hops tea
You might know hops as a plant that gives beer it’s flavor. And while you are completely right, hops is not only about beer and brewing industries. It is very beneficial in multiple ways.
Hops is rich in components such as vitamins A, B-complex, B3, calcium, copper, fluoride, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and a lot of other oils, acids and nutrients that make it exceptionally healthy.
Not only will it calm your body and mind by soothing your nerves, but it will also help your body cleanse and regenerate. It is said that hops tea can not only help with curing insomnia, but sometimes it can also be a great relief to people suffering from nervous non-psychiatric disorders.
Tulsi is a very healthy herb coming from India where it is actually considered a sacred plant. It is often used in Ayurveda medicine as a cure for headaches, depression, indigestion, stress relief and insomnia.
If you’re having frequent headaches, tulsi tea might be the perfect solution. But not only will it swipe off that annoying pain migraines give you, tulsi tea will also decrease your stress levels and help you calm.
For its calming effects, tulsi tea is also used for sleep issues and is given to people that have problems with irregular sleep or fatigue.
13. Schizandra Tea
Schizandra is a herb that belongs to adaptogens. This means this herb is a natural substance that has the ability to put your body and mind into balance and harmony whenever you are out of it. Whatever might be bugging you, adaptogens can restore your body’s balance and help you feel better.
Therefore, this herb will automatically help you with your sleep. If your body feels the urge to slow things down, it will calm you down, if you need to sleep, schizandra tea will ease you into sleep. Also, if you need to speed things up, it will also get you going quickly.
So, this is not a simple sedative, but an overall booster that will help you achieve just what your body wants. However, it can still be used to induce a night of healthy sleep.
14. Jujube seed/Sour date
Sour date, or Jujube seed, or what is called in chinese Suan Zao Ren, is among the most healing herbs of the Chinese medicine. It can cure a variation of nervous disorders and promote so many important aspects of our health.
Not only is Suan Zao Ren considered to be the ultimate herbal medication for insomnia in Chinese medicine, but it also does wonders when it comes to cleansing the liver, losing unnecessary weight, calming the mind, slowing down the heart rate, and stopping excessive sweating.
However, it can help with a lot of sleep-related issues, such as nightmares, night sweats, irritability and so on. This magical herb will definitely get you on the right track and provide you with many nutrients that will help you have a prolonged life.