Having trouble with sleep or not getting enough of it? Before you reach out for some sleeping pills, try your hands at these 5 ultimate sleepytime teas that are proven to help with insomnia, improve your quality of sleep, or just to help you nod off.
Sleep is undoubtedly one of the most important factors behind good overall health and the lack of it can take a heavy toll on our mental and physical health. Numerous studies have thrown light on the rising global levels of sleep deficit, citing that a record 30% of people suffer from insomnia or are unable to get a proper night’s sleep. Another study suggests that more than one-third of Americans do not get enough sleep.
Lack of sleep has serious consequences in the long run. Not getting 7 hours of sleep, the recommended number of hours, can negatively impact heart health, increase the risk of diabetes, lead to weight gain, negatively impact mental health, and also affect mood and productivity levels. So now that we know why sleep is so important for our overall well-being, let’s see if we can turn to mother nature to help us nod off and get a good night’s rest!
It is a well-known fact that having a hot beverage before bed can help with getting proper sleep. Of course, caffeinated drinks are a no-no and an increasing number of people are turning to low-caffeine substitutes and herbal brews. A soothing cup of green tea, or a cup of chamomile tea, or a herbal tea are perfect way to wind up after a tiring day and help you sleep better. Thankfully there are plenty of teas for better sleep that are low in caffeine, vegan, and also have a plethora of health benefits for us!
Do Sleepytime Teas Actually Work?
The good news is that there science backs the fact that drinking a hot cup of tea before bed can help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep over a period of time. Just like a soothing hot shower, drinking a cup of chamomile tea or mug of green tea can help you nod off sooner. Drinking tea helps our bodies cool down, which signals our brain that it is time to hit the bed and sleep.
Hence herbal teas or green teas are the best bedtime teas as they have low or no caffeine at all, and contain ingredients that are proven by science to promote better sleep. Some of these blends might have a sedative effect, while some help in alleviating anxiety and reducing stress, helping you fall asleep sooner. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Sleepytime teas from our exclusive range of low-caffeine green teas and herbal blends.
Top 5 Bedtime Teas to Help Improve Your Sleep
Revered since ages, Chamomile tea has been hailed as the perfect bedtime tea that will help you fall asleep and also improve the quality of your sleep. Thanks to a special antioxidant called ‘apigenin’ present in Chamomile which binds to specific receptors in our brain and help alleviate anxiety and signal the body to sleep. It helps in reducing insomnia and promote sleepiness.
In addition to this chamomile tea has a lot of other health benefits like improving digestion, help regulate blood sugar, boost heart health etc. Choose from our best-selling chamomile teas, available in plain and blended variants. Make our Classic Chamomile Tea, Chamomile Green Tea or our herbal blend - the Turmeric Chamomile Herbal Tea.
Yes, we know Green Teas have caffeine, but that’s not the only thing these bountiful teas have. Green teas also have something called ‘Theanine’ which is the bio-compound responsible for promoting sleep. Theanine helps the brain to relax by reducing the stress-inducing hormones and by slowing down the firing of neurons. Studies have shown that having 3-4 cups of green tea in a day helps in reducing stress, fatigue and also improve sleep quality.
You can choose from our bounteous range of Himalayan green teas that are handpicked from high-elevation Himalayan tea gardens for the freshest of flavors, minimal processing, and the gift of good health. Relish our adaptogenic (stress-relieving) blend of detox green tea, the best-selling Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea that contains ashwagandha along with a variety of other herbs and spices blended with Himalayan green tea. Ashwagandha has been traditionally used to induce sleep and it adds to green tea’s properties in helping you relax and nod off sooner.
Another green tea that is our blender’s top choice for a bedtime tea is our Chamomile Mint Citrus Green Tea which contains both Chamomile and Mint, in addition to green tea, that are known to promote good sleep.
An ancient medicinal herb that is revered in Ayurveda, the ancient school of medicine in India, Ashwagandha is a very popular and potent adaptogen that helps alleviate stress and helps the mind relax. Studies have also suggested that regular consumption of Ashwagandha helps treat insomnia, helps induce sleep, and also improves the quality of sleep. The triethylene glycol in Ashwagandha is what induces sleep and helps your brain wind up for bed.
Choose from our bountiful, light and herbal Ashwagandha teas that will be the perfect addition to your self-care routine. Relish our Turmeric Ashwagandha Herbal Tea or the Turmeric Ashwagandha Latte mix. You can also relish a delicious cup of our newly launched Ashwagandha Cinnamon Instant Chai premix earlier in the day.
Adding a cup of mint tea to your bedtime routine can work wonders for your sleep quality. Peppermint contains bio-compounds that act as a muscle relaxant that help the body to relax and promotes calm. Spearmint, another wonderful variant from the mint family, helps reduce factors that contribute to insomnia. Spearmint with powerful anti-inflammatory properties helps in soothing indigestion and relieves headache that might otherwise keep you up at night.
You can sip on our Pure Mint Herbal Tea or our best-selling Mint Melody Green Tea for a combined calming effect of mint and green teas. Our Mint teas have the perfect mix of spearmint and peppermint to offer you vibrant flavors and powerful health benefits.
A delicious ruby cup of tea with amazing health benefits, Hibiscus tea has delicious tart notes and makes for a great bedtime tea as well. Hibiscus, a tropical plant with abundant nutrition, is known to have sedative and anxiolytic effects that can promote good sleep. This vibrant ruby cuppa is also known to be quite effective in combating headaches, relieving anxiety and helping you de-stress, thereby signaling the mind that its time for bed.
Relish our delish in-house bedtime Hibiscus Rose Herbal Tea which combines hibiscus with rose petals, chamomile flowers, blue cornflower, and aromatic spices like fennel, cardamom, and star anise.
Now with these gorgeous low-caffeine teas, you needn’t worry about your sleep. However, it is important that these teas be combined with some lifestyle changes as well that will contribute to a better sleep hygiene.
Stick to a proper sleep schedule
Eat light before bed but don’t starve yourself
Cut down on daytime naps
Get some daily exercise to tire yourself out
Keep screens away one-hour before bedtime
With small changes like these and the best bedtime teas that you can choose from, you are in for a great night’s rest!
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