It might come as a surprise to you that tea can help you sleep despite the fact that in India it is widely used as a drink for energizing the body and mind. In reality, herbal teas have been used since ages to treat insomnia and ensure a restful sleep.Herbal teas have compounds in them that help the body attain a restful state by calming the nerves and reducing anxiety.
Here are some herbal teas that are known to improve the quality of sleep:
1 . Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flowers. In a study it was found that chamomile tea helped to reduce anxiety in cases of mild to moderate anxiety disorders. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before you sleep will help you in getting a restful sleep.
2 . Passion Flower Tea
Passion flower has been shown to reduce anxiety and insomnia. Passion flower contains a compound that helps to reduce the activity in certain brain cells and hence induce rest. Boil one cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of dried passion flower/or 1 tea bag and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
3 . Magnolia Bark Tea
Magnolia bark has been traditionally used in Asia to treat anxiety disorders. It contains a compound magnalol that is responsible for its sleep-inducing properties. It is especially recommended for women who have heavy and painful menses; a cup of magnolia tea on those days of the month will ensure sound sleep and pain free periods.
4 . Valerian Root Tea
The root of the Valerian flower is known to increase sleep through its sedative properties. You might need to take it regularly for some time before the sedative properties work on your body. 600mg extract of the root mixed with hot water and honey for no more than 25 days, is recommended for those suffering from insomnia.
5 . Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is used to treat various kinds of symptoms due its effects of cleansing and calming the internal organs. Due to these virtues, peppermint tea can help promote a good night’s sleep.
6 . Lavender Tea
Lavender tea is also a popular tea known for its stress busting properties. It can be taken before bedtime to ensure an effective sleep.
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THINGS TO REMEMBER
-Most of the herbal teas mentioned above are meant to help you attain restful sleep without any side effects. However, it is always better to consult your doctor once before trying them out.
-Go for the infusion variety of herbal tea bags rather than flavored tea bags, as the flavored ones contain tea which is a stimulant and may keep you up instead of lulling you into a sound sleep.
-Dried leaves/flowers are better than tea bags, as quantities can be measured for better results.
-Essential oils of these herbs when applied on pulse points also help induce good sleep.
So, go ahead and try out these herbal teas and get into bed ready to fall asleep in a deep, calming sleep!Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!