Most people need about seven hours of sleep every night to function at their best the next day, but it's not always easy to get a good nights rest. Making a sleep tea to help you get through the night might seem like an old wives’ tale, but it’s actually pretty effective if you choose the right herbs and make it properly. If you want to feel refreshed and well-rested when you wake up every morning, incorporate these three herbs into your nightly routine.
Lavender is not only calming and relaxing, but it’s also good for getting quality sleep. It reduces anxiety and works as an antispasmodic, which can help reduce night terrors. Lavender helps you relax, eases headaches, migraines and PMS symptoms. Lavender is the perfect addition to a sleep tea made with other herbs.
Chamomile is known as a sleep-inducing herbal tea and rightfully so; chamomile contains compounds that can help calm your body, ease tension, and encourage relaxation. Chamomile has also been linked to improving mood, which may help you fall asleep more easily. Drink one cup of chamomile tea before bed or add it to another herbal sleep tea recipe.
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When used in tea, passionflower is thought to help promote restful sleep. Passionflower has been shown to have mild sedative effects, which helps users feel more calm and relaxed before bedtime. Passionflower is also known as an herbal treatment for anxiety and stress, further soothing tense nerves and muscles while promoting deep, restorative sleep. If you’re looking for ways to naturally treat insomnia, try brewing up some sleep tea with passionflower.
4) Valerian Root
Valerian root is one of four herbs that make up what’s called an herbal sleep tea. It’s been used in traditional medicine and as an alternative remedy since ancient times. Valerian has been proven effective at inducing sleep and reducing anxiety, tension, and overall feelings of nervousness. It works by activating GABA receptors in your brain. Studies suggest it can help you relax, get more restorative sleep, and enjoy better mental health. And because valerian acts on these receptors, it doesn’t cause grogginess like other sleep aids do. Instead, you wake up feeling refreshed and alert.
Now that you know what herbs you can use to help you create the perfect, calming sleep tea, you are ready for a good nights rest.
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