After water, Tea is the most popular beverage around the world. As stated on our previous blog "Tea vs Coffee Around the world", half (50%) of the Australian are tea drinkers and the other half are coffee lovers. Most of those people who drink tea do so on a daily basis. A lot of us drink tea not only because of its health benefit but also it offers similar alertness booster like coffee without the high dosage of caffeine. That means the tea is unlikely to interfere with your sleep pattern. BUT really, do bedtime teas really work?
Bedtime Teas are caffeine-free, herbal teas made from the same ingredients that are found in sleeping pills including valerian root. It’s not the tea, but rather the ingredients, that help you sleep. Although, tea is often a much more pleasant way of ingesting these ingredients, and can be a calming activity in and of itself.
Here are some teas with such ingredients that will help you sleep.
Chamomile tea - Considered as the best sleeping tea. The perennially popular herbal tea has been used for centuries to stave off insomnia, stress, anxiety, upset stomachs and it also has antidepressant qualities. This tea works as a mild tranquilizer, relaxing the nerves and muscles. Totally the same effect if you take a sleeping pill. Please note that Chamomile can induce an allergic reaction, for those of you future mums (pregnant woman) skip this one.
Valerian tea - This one is sort of the "upgraded" Chamomile edition. It's a stronger option preferred by those who really need help falling asleep. It helps you to get sleep without causing many of the side effects associated with other common sleeping pills. Please note that valerian root can be addictive and may interfere with other medications so make sure to consult your doctor first before drinking this if you're under medication.
Decaf green tea - If love tea but don't want that herb kind of taste then this tea is perfect for you. The decaf version includes theanine, which reduces stress and improves sleep. Though a cup of tea doesn’t really have sufficient amounts of theanine to get you to fall asleep but it will definitely help. On top of this, green tea is very helpful for weight loss, increased cognitive performance, good digestion, and reduced cancer risk.
Lavender tea - Lavender reduces stress, anxiety and promotes sleep, this may due to the aroma of it rather than drinking it. Expert says smelling lavender aroma helps to get deeper sleep which will result in higher energy levels the following morning. For you ladies, Lavender tea may have a higher effect on your body. Drink tea for two successive weeks you'll get lower rates of depression and fatigue.
Lemon balm tea - Proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and indigestion since the Middle Ages. Lemon balm has a minty yet lemony taste. For best result, combine lemon balm with other herbs. I recommend mixing lemon balm and valerian. Lemon balm may interact with the GABA receptors in your brain, the activation of which reduces stress and helps induce sleep.
All this tea will only help you get to bed and effect may vary in many factors like your diet, sleeping habits, and your physical activities in the night. So don't expect you'll going to fall asleep right away after you went to the gym.