We’re spilling the tea on sleep. Why? Because more than 80% of Americans drink tea and nearly half of them drink it daily. What many people don’t realize is that certain teas can help you fall asleep. We’re here to explain which ones have caffeine and should be avoided, and the other teas that will help you fall asleep faster.
There are certain teas that should be avoided before bedtime because their caffeine content will keep you awake. We suggest avoiding black, white and caffeinated green teas. Most herbal teas are caffeine free and are very relaxing to drink before bed. Hot tea relaxes you in the same way that a warm bath or hot milk does. Check out these herbal teas that help with sleep.
The most common sleepy time tea is chamomile because it naturally helps you shut down at the end of your day. Sleep studies have shown that chamomile decreases stress levels and promotes deeper sleep. This tea relaxes the nerves and muscles.
Lavender is used in many bedtime products such as essential oils, lotions, bubble baths, and candles. Surprisingly, ingesting lavender (through a tea) has a stronger effect than the other products. Lavender encourages restoration throughout the night that will leave you with more energy upon waking.
Passionflower tea is highly recommended for people who find it hard to fall asleep due to anxiety or the inability to “turn off” your mind before bed. Passionflower relaxes your nervous system so it’s easier to fall asleep. In addition, if you suffer from indigestion, this tea will calm your stomach and ease heartburn.
Another tea recommended for reducing stress to improve sleep is decaffeinated green tea because it has theanine. Green tea is very beneficial for your health in addition to promoting deep sleep. You can look for other benefits such as weight loss, good digestion, better cognitive performance, and a reduced risk of diabetes.
If you’ve tried bedtime teas or other bedtime routines to help you sleep deeper at night and nothing is working, that could be a sign it’s time for a new mattress. We’d love to help you find a bed and nighttime routine that will help you sleep your best.