When it comes to sleep, it’s no secret that many of us struggle to get a restful night — nine million Americans rely on some form of prescription aid to help them get quality rest. It’s gotten so bad that chronic sleep deprivation has been called “the new smoking” since so many of us sleep far less than the recommended seven to eight hours.
But if you ever struggle with falling or staying asleep, you might be surprised to know that a soothing cup of delicious tea can provide many restful benefits and can help you wake up feeling more refreshed.
The Science Behind It
No matter the time of day, there’s something soothing about curling up with a nice hot cup of tea. Of course, we don’t need scientific evidence to support this… but it’s nice when there’s hard data to back it up!
A poll in the UK found that the equation to a perfect night’s sleep included a warm cup of tea as part of a calming bedtime ritual to help destress and signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down.
So… Which Tea Is Best?
Double-check that your drink is 100% caffeine-free because even the smallest amounts of caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours and cause a restless night.
Herbal varieties such as Peppermint or Chamomile are likely always decaf but double-check before brewing. Chamomile, in particular, long heralded as the “sleep tea,” comes from a flower and contains compounds like apigenin and flavonoids that help to slow down locomotor activity. Cultures around the world have enjoyed it for this purpose for generations.
Also, lavender acts as a gentle aid to relax the nervous system. If you’re feeling stressed at the end of a long day of work or are worrying about different responsibilities and issues, try a cup of our 6:00 PM blend to calm your nerves and have you dozing off in no time.
Finally, you might choose green tea when you need a gentle boost of energy, but the decaf version is a powerful sleep-aid as well. Why? Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which can calm and relax you to ease you into a peaceful slumber.
Brew yourself your favorite variety tonight, and enjoy a quality night’s sleep with one of nature’s most soothing sleep remedies.