There are a lot of teas on the market that label themselves as sleepy, bedtime, or dream tea and they’re not just trying to catch your yawning attention. There are science-backed reasons as to why these teas are helpful in getting you to wind down for bed. In fact, there are a few extracts and herbs out there that a lot of companies pool together to create a super-sleep combination and from what we came across we can see why! Check out the sleepy benefits of these teas:
Lavender is often synonymous with relaxation and there’s a reason for that. Whether you’re putting lavender essential oil in your diffuser or your sipping on lavender tea, it has been shown that this fragrant flower may have relaxation effects and improve sleep quality. According to one study with older adults, lavender tea was shown to decrease depressive and anxiety symptoms, both of which sleeping patterns tend to be affected by.
This one may be in your pantry already, but perhaps you’re unaware of why (don’t worry, we were too!). Apparently, its not fully known as to what kinds of mechanisms are happening to give chamomile its sedative effects. However, it has been used for hundreds of years to help promote better sleep quality and relaxation. In a 2017 study among elderly people, the experimental group took 200 mg of chamomile extract capsules per day for 28 days and their sleep quality vastly improved.
This innocent-looking flower, originating in Asia and Europe, can grow up to 5 feet tall. The herb’s root has long been used as a sedative throughout history. One study found that consuming valerian tea actually decreased insomnia severity after 14 days and subsequently increased general quality of life after 28 days.
This unusual and exotic-looking purple flower has been shown to help with insomnia and improve overall sleep. Passionflower is said to increase an amino acid in the brain that signals the nervous system to decrease activity, in turn allowing you to relax and get a better sleep. One study found that drinking one cup of passionflower tea before bed may improve sleep quality.
Catherine at Revive