Are you looking for the perfect bedtime tea? Picture this: it’s late, and after a long, stressful day at the office you decide that it’s time for you to get some beauty rest. You’ve finished your nightly routine and hop in bed ready to be whisked away to dreamland. By now you likely have a perfect image of this situation in your head. However, as you and around 68% of Americans may know, your day is not quite over. You toss and turn in bed, with stressors running around your head rather than relaxing thoughts. Your mind may even be peacefully empty, but you still can’t seem to get past the plateau and fall asleep.
Since the dawn of time, people have been searching for the secret to a deep, peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Some turn to sleep medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, to solve their sleeping issues. While these various medications may increase drowsiness, many of their sleep-inducing properties include chemicals that simulate the effects of their counterparts found in nature. These chemicals can cause the user to form a dependance on the medication, unable to have a good night sleep without it.
If you’re looking to avoid these medications, a bedtime tea might be just the thing to put you to bed and keep you sleeping throughout the night. As opposed to sleep medications, bedtimes teas are more natural and better-tasting.. These teas contain the very chemicals that are simulated in sleep medications and hold no risk of dependance. Each bedtime tea comes with its own, distinct potpourri of sleep-inducing properties. We have gathered information on some of the most popular and effective bedtime teas so that you may choose which brew is the right one for you!
Rooibos Tea Makes a Naturally Caffeine Free Bedtime Tea
Rooibos tea (with a dash of honey for flavor!) has widespread sleep-inducing effects that will help its drinker experience a deep, uninterrupted sleep. Rooibos tea leaves come from the rooibos plant, native to southern Africa. The plant is not technically a Camellia sinensis, which is the reason behind its abundance of anxiety-relieving and relaxation properties not typically found in other teas. Magnesium in rooibos works as a stress-reliever and aids in the calming of the nervous system, the mineral helps to start the sleep process naturally. Most cases of insomnia can be traced back to magnesium deficiency. Once the magnesium helps put you to sleep, calcium takes over and works to keep you asleep. Rooibos tea helps to lower cortisol levels, lowering acute brain activity and the anxiety that may come with it. Free Your Tea offers several types of rooibos teas and blends.
Chamomile Tea is a Powerful Bedtime Tea
The chamomile plant is widely known as one of the strongest natural sedatives available. Its sedative properties come from the abundance of apigenin found in each cup of chamomile-infused tea. The apigenin in chamomile exerts anxiety-reducing effects when consumed in high doses. Along with that, cortisol levels are decreased along with levels of stress and anxiety. For the best results, drink your cup of chamomile tea roughly 30 minutes before going to bed, giving your body time to begin the relaxation process so that you’re ready for sleep the moment your head hits the pillow. If you are experiencing difficulty falling asleep, Free Your Tea offers several chamomile teas that you can request in your next shipment as a great bedtime tea!
Lavender Tea is a Soothing Bedtime Tea
For those having trouble staying asleep throughout the night, a cup of lavender tea before bed may be the perfect remedy. Several properties of lavender have been found to increase the amount of time a person stays in deep, slow-wave sleep. Minerals in this herbaceous tea have the ability to quiet the central nervous system and decrease levels of anxiety and aggression. A recent study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that ingesting lavender orally may result in the same sleep quality as taking a single dosage of the prescription sedative Lorazepam. Free Your Tea offers a special chamomile and lavender blend that helps its drinkers both easily fall and stay asleep.
Holy Basil Tea is a Unique Option for Bedtime Tea
How often has this happened to you? It’s time for bed but that nasty cold or cough that you have been dealing with follows you. The respiratory tract inflammation, nose and throat congestion, and chronic cough that comes with the common cold makes falling asleep that much more difficult. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol PM or Benadryl may help, but if you are looking for a more natural remedy than a holy basil brew is exactly that. Holy basil teas contain tulsi, an herb that works to soothe nerves and relieve stress related to respiratory illnesses. Properties within tulsi help the body to suppress coughs, expel excess phlegm, relieve congestion, and fight respiratory tract inflammation, among other side effects. Free Your Tea offers a wide selection of holy basil herbal teas that could be the perfect remedy for nighttime symptoms of coughs or colds.
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