4 Teas That Make You Sleepy

March 25, 2020 0 By Yena Kuzoo

Disclaimer: Kuzoo and I are not medical professionals, nutritionists, or any type of healthcare related professionals. This article is strictly for informational & entertainment purposes only.

Trouble sleeping at night? During this modern time it can be difficult to get a good night sleep especially with the high demand of our daily lives. 

What can someone with a busy schedule do to wind down in one of the easiest ways possible? 

If you are a regular tea drinker or a beginner in the tea-verse (Tea Universe) you may find that these teas may aid you in your sleep journey. 

Mainstream research does not provide concrete evidence in proving that herbal teas can help people sleep. But many surveys and self-reported evidence indicate that such non-prescription remedies help a lot of people sleep naturally. 

A few of these teas have helped us go to sleep with ease and helped us stay asleep. These are our personal experiences as everyone will have varying results. 

Here is our list of four teas that may help you relax before going to bed. 

1. Chamomile 

Chamomile is a delicately sweet aromatic tea, for us we like to add a little honey to our cup because without the honey chamomile tea has a silky crisp flower taste that can be felt through the nose. 

When it is steeped it has a pretty golden like color. 

One of the antioxidants called apigenin in the chamomile plant may be the reason a cup of this tea has relaxing effects. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.

Whenever one of us has a stressful day or a lot of energy before going to bed a cup of chamomile tea helps relax our bodies. It is a nice sleep prepper.

2. Rose 

Rose tea is one of our favorite herbal teas so far in this life together. 

This tea is also great for female menstrual cycles. If you have cramps or feel achy rose tea may help alleviate the pain. 

Rose tea has a very pungent floral smell & a lighter flowery taste. The longer you steep it the more flowery it becomes. 

Its color may vary depending on what kind of rose you choose. The rose bud we use has a beautiful semi-dark amber color and becomes darker the longer it is steeped turning into a dark brown hue.

Supposedly rose tea has hypnotic effects relieving stress as well. We have not personally experienced these hypnotic effects but then again we are not sure what kind of rose tea those people purchased to have had that type of experience. 

Rose tea has anxiolytic properties which is a type of medication that inhibits anxiety.

It has an overall calming effect on the body and mind to aid in a good night’s sleep. 

Please do be mindful to not drink too much rose tea before bed as it is a mild diuretic. Meaning you may have to use the restroom in the middle of the night which will disrupt the quality of your sleep. 

3. Valerian Root

Valerian Root tea helps promote tranquility and improve sleep while calming anxiety.

It has an earthy woodsy taste that becomes stronger if it is steeped for an extended amount of time. It can resemble tea tree oil so it may not be the most palpable to a new tea drinker. 

It has a dark amber brown color when steeped at the correct duration of time. 

This tea contains a compound called valerenic acid that inhibits the breakdown of GABA in the brain. GABA, also known as gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in the brain and nervous system. 

This compound helps produce feelings of calmness and tranquility.

According to healthline.com, valerian root also contains the antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, which appear to have sedative and sleep-enhancing properties. 

If taken in extremely high doses valerian root may increase anxiety. So please, “drink responsibly.” 😉

4. Lavender

The word ‘Lavender’ comes from the Latin word ‘lavare’ which means “to wash”.

Scientific research shows that lavender can be powerful at inducing sleep and improving its quality in the long-term with no side effects. Its sedative qualities have helped people with insomnia and anxiety disorders sleep better.

Lavender tea tastes pretty much how it smells, light and flowery. 

The color of lavender tea is similar to chamomile it being light in color and a more golden hue. It does darken a bit when it is steeped for an extended amount of time as well.

It is important to note that lavender tea is made from the flower buds of the plant not the leaves. 

Lavender is a good end of the day tea if you want to unwind and chill during or at the end of a stressful day. 

Conclusion

Hopefully our list of teas can help aid you in a better night of sleep. 

Not every herbal remedy will work for all humans. That is why there is a wide variety throughout the world! 😀

Even if they do not work for you having a warm cup of liquid semi close to bed helps relax the guts which relaxes the body as a whole. 

We are interested in reading about your experiences using herbal tea as a sleep aid. So, please comment below some teas you like to drink that help you fall asleep easier. 🙂