Bedtime Teas that Help You Sleep Better
We Indians love our morning teas and can never say no to one! But, can you imagine a warm cup of tea, a book or TV remote in the other hand while you snuggle in between your mattress and a cozy comforter, as a perfect idea for bedtime ritual after a stressed day?
Yes, bedtime and tea do go together, contrary to what our mothers have told us.
A bedtime tea, as the name suggests induces sleep. It is infused with a herb or combination of herbs, with properties that relax your anxious system and promote sleep.
Wondering, what’s the difference between a regular tea and bedtime tea? The regular tea has caffeine, that stimulates the central nervous system and keeps you awake. Whereas bedtime teas are caffeine-free and have sleep inducing and calming effect on the body.
We have curated five of the most popular bedtime teas with their benefits here, to facilitate sleep in the most notorious insomniacs too-
- Chamomile: Chamomile flower has tons of medicinal benefits, but is best known as a sleep tea. It has a herbal taste with subtle floral notes. Chamomile is regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep inducer. This is because of an antioxidant called apigenin which is found in chamomile. Apigenin is said to bind to specific receptors in the brain which decreases anxiety and initiates sleep. Can’t wait to get one, right?
- Valerian root tea: This is the second most popular bedtime tea worldwide. Only the root of this plant is used as a medicine. The Valerian root tea has a slightly woodsy and earthy taste. The valerian root is said to relieve stress and anxiety. A comparative study has found that people taking Valerian root tea regularly fell asleep sooner and had fewer night-time sleep issues.
- Tulsi: Tulsi is popular largely in the Indian continent. Depending on the type of tulsi that is being used, the taste of the tea may vary. Some may be spicy while others may be fresh and floral in taste. Tulsi has a flavonoid called eugenol that can calm a person. It acts as an antidepressant and triggers the production of neurotransmitters that can reduce anxiety and stress.
- Lavender: Lavender tea is made from the small purple buds of the plant. Endless adjectives have been used to describe lavender like woody, earthy, apple-like, herbaceous etc. Overall the words it has, a floral flavor and pungent aroma sum it up! In ancient times the Greeks and Romans used it in their baths. They inhaled the fragrance of Lavender that helped calmed their minds. Now you can sip on it for better sleep. This tea helps you relax, settles the nerves and aids sleep.
- Passionflower: This tea is made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the Passi flora plant. It has a mild earthy taste. It was used as early as the 17th century by Peruvians as a sedative. Sounds interesting, right? Passionflower is known to alleviate anxiety and improve sleep. A study conducted on some adults has shown that those who consumed the tea every day had significantly better sleep quality.
So, get on your comfortable SleepyCat mattress, keep calm, sip on a bedtime tea and zoom into slumber-land.