Nothing caps a long day off better than a warm, comforting cup of tea. Between the relaxing aromas and the power many herbs have to calm the mind for a good night’s sleep it is no wonder many people drink tea as part of their nightly routine.
Not all teas are created equally however, and it is important to pick the right ones for night time so you don’t accidentally hype yourself up on caffeine to go to bed. Below we have listed some of the very best teas for nighttime consumption that will help drift you off into one of the most soothing sleeps you’ve ever had.
The Best Nighttime Teas
Chamomile might be the most well-known nighttime tea and for good reason. This tea has powerful properties used to treat inflammation, anxiety, insomnia and is regarded as a mild tranquilizer. Chamomile is high in an antioxidant called apigenin which binds to certain brain receptors connected to anxiety levels and sleep. Add a dash of honey and prepare to be in heaven.
Lavender smells amazing and is very relaxing. After all, there is a reason this flower is a staple in perfumes, body lotions, and bubble baths among many other things. It just makes you feel good no matter what form it takes. Silexan—a proprietary in lavender oil preparation helps to decrease anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Lemon Balm (part of the mint family) is a citrus-scented, aromatic herb made from dry leaves and has been used for centuries as a stress-reducer. Lemon Balm has properties in it that can increase GABA levels (neurotransmitter) and acts as a sedative. If you’ve found yourself tossing a turning lately try this tea and prepare to kiss your sleep issues good-bye.
Valerian Root has been used for centuries to induce better sleep, but researchers still are not sure why this tea is so affective. Like lemon balm it has been shown to increase levels of GABA which can increase sleepiness without added side effects such as morning drowsiness. There is also some evidence to support valerian root helps decrease nighttime awakenings and who doesn’t want that?
Passionflower is another tea that has traditionally been used to alleviate anxiety and improve your sleep. For an extra boost this tea pairs well with valerian root and will help kick your insomnia’s butt.
Magnolia Bark got its start in early Chinese medicine to alleviate anything from abdominal discomfort, nasal congestion to stress. It also has been found, like many other teas on this list to increase GABA and therefore help you get a more relaxing sleep.
Now go forth and snore.