At one point or another, we’ve all had trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. It usually stems from stress, which can show up as racing minds, nervous energy, or obsessive thoughts and worry. While there are many things you can do to help yourself, from meditation to supplements to lessening the use of electronic devices before bed, one of my favorites is of course drinking a cup of relaxing tea.
Just the process of making tea and taking care of yourself is relaxing and good for you, but there are specific herbs that also help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
The Sleep-Inducing Teas….
Chamomile is probably the most well-known sleepy tea. On its own it has a honey-like taste, and even the flowers themselves look like tiny, soft pillows. A cup of chamomile brewed before bed will help lull you into a relaxed state of mind as well as help your body to release any extra fluids it might be holding on to, so be sure to visit the bathroom before bed so you’re not awakened by your bladder. In addition to pure organic chamomile, it also features predominantly in our Sweet Dreams, Evening in Missoula, and Sereni-Tea blends.
Passionflower is a great healing herb for those who suffer from adrenal issues. One of the ways in which your adrenal glands show their distress is by waking you around 3:00 am. If this is a consistent problem for you, drink a cup of passionflower tea an hour to two hours before bedtime to help reset your adrenal glands. Stress depletes them, and lack of sleep creates stress, thus creating an unhealthy cycle.
This is one herb you should not use if pregnant as it also relaxes your muscles.
Lavender is the most potent sleep-inducing herb for me. I love the flavor and aroma of lavender, but there are some people who have a specific gene that makes lavender taste soap-like to them. So if you’re one of those people, drinking lavender tea will probably create more anxiety than its worth for you. Of course, lavender is lovely on its own, but you could also try it in our Sereni-Tea or Provence blends.
Each herb works differently in every person, so you might have to experiment to find which sleep-inducing herb works best for you. Sweet dreams!