What’s worse that waking up in the middle of the night for no obvious reason? Doing it night after night without end. While sleep may be a hindrance to some, for most of us, it’s a precious commodity that we hoard like vengeful dragons. When we find ourselves deprived of it, well… sometimes we wake up looking like vengeful dragons, too.
If you’ve been struggling to catch your forty winks, you certainly aren’t alone. Studies have shown that most adults aren’t getting their required amount of sleep each night. Once your sleep cycle (formally called the circadian rhythm) gets disrupted, it can be incredibly difficult to get back on track. Fortunately, nature might provide an answer. These six herbal teas might be just the ticket to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and love every minute of it.
Chamomile Flower Tea
If you aren’t already familiar with the marvelous properties of chamomile, allow us to introduce you! Chamomile flower tea is considered the quintessential herbal tea for its gentleness and broad range of benefits. Its sleep-boosting actions are twofold, as it helps to ease feelings of stress and relax the mind and body. The fresh, fruity taste is warm and inviting – just what you need after a long, tiring day!
The familiar aroma of lavender is powerful in this floral tea. Studies have shown that even the scent of lavender is relaxing and helps to calm both mind and body. Every sip of this tea helps to gently soothe the body, release tension in the muscles and prepare you for a long, luxurious night of sleep. You’ll find yourself looking forward to that fragrant aroma right before bedtime.
Jasmine Flower Tea
The ultimate in soothing floral teas (sensing a theme here?) is, by far, jasmine flower tea. Not to be confused with jasmine tea – a green tea with jasmine accents – jasmine flower tea is crafted from pure, organic jasmine petals. Not only does it offer the sweet fragrance that jasmines are famous for, but its flavor is smooth, floral and light, similar to a rose tea. With a pleasing flavor and naturally caffeine-free, drinking jasmine flower tea is a great way to curl up and drift off.
Kava Kava Root Tea
This herbal tea comes from the root, not the flower, but it’s no less effective. Kava kava root tea comes from the Polynesian islands, and is a favorite of the local population for its relaxing effects. Studies have found it particularly effective at countering stress and encouraging calm. It may even stimulate and enhance dreaming. If you want something to take the edge off a rough day, kava kava root tea may be just the thing for you.
Valerian Root Tea
Possibly the most powerful of all sleep-boosting herbs, valerian root tea is famous for restoring a healthy sleep cycle. Because of its potency, in fact, researchers say it isn’t recommended for long periods of two weeks or more. We recommend starting with a lighter tea and moving to valerian root if the others don’t seem to work out for you.
Good news for those who find themselves waking up in need of the restroom – valerian root has compounds that tone and strengthen the bladder muscles, and even reduce spasms in the bladder muscle. This tea may help to put an end to your late-night potty trips!
Sleepy Temple Blend
If you aren’t quite sure which of these amazing herbal teas to try first, we’ve made it simpler for you with our Sleepy Temple blend! This unique blend of herbs gives you the best benefits in one sip with jasmine flower, lavender, and chamomile for sleep, and licorice root, skullcap and spearmint for stress. The result is a cool, refreshing taste that will guide you to rejuvenating sleep. Take a sip and discover this harmonious blend for yourself!
Which is your favorite tea to fall asleep to? Tell us about it in the comments!