4 types of herbal teas make you sleep better

Articles Jun 17, 2019 22:39

If you are falling into a sense of constant insomnia, this is the solution for you to be effective.

Sipping certain types of tea infused with calming properties before bed can help you achieve a good night’s rest - and fall asleep faster. 

4 types of herbal teas make you sleep better
Chamomile is commonly used as a sleeping aid. Supplied

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A daisy-like flower has been used for years as a natural sleep aid, its properties treat anxiety, stress, insomnia, and inflammation. It can even be considered as a mild tranquilizer and sleep inducer due to the antioxidant Apigenin. Chamomile also improves the overall quality of sleep, meaning you wake up feeling refreshed and rested.  

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Valerian Root

This is an ancient herb used for centuries to treat insomnia, headaches, nervousness and sleep issues. It was used during World War II to relieve stress and anxiety caused by air raids. It is believed that Valerian increases Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) which is a neurotransmitter that increases sleepiness when produced in abundance. Valerian also improves sleep quality, meaning no morning drowsiness as is experienced by people who use sleeping tablets.

4 types of herbal teas make you sleep better
Lemon Balm is a digestive aid and helps to treat anxiety. Supplied

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With its aromatic and soothing scent, it is best known for its calming or sleep-inducing effects. Research has now shown that lavender can significantly improve sleep quality. Over and above improving sleep quality, lavender can also help reduce anxiety. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans would often add lavender to their baths, and breathe in the calming fragrance.

4 types of herbal teas make you sleep better
Passion Flower is used as a mild sedative. Supplied

Passion Flower 

This is a powerful nerve tonic that acts as a gentle anti-anxiety and mild sedative that can be used to induce a good night's sleep. Like Valerian Root, it increases the production of GABA which relieves anxiety and insomnia. Passion Flower is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It should not be drunk by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Bonin added that it was always good to consult your doctor before consuming herbal remedies to ensure there were no side effects, and it’s safe.

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