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The Best Tea for Sleep

The Best Tea for Sleep

Tea is one of the most versatile drinks with endless health benefits. Tea is widely regarded and known as a drink that helps to keep your senses awaken. Tea is available in thousands of flavors ranging from true teas such as black tea and oolong tea to herbal tisanes like hibiscus tea.

While certain types of tea wake you up in the morning, there are some night teas with naturally calming sedative effects that can help to alleviate sleep disorders such as insomnia and ensure higher sleep quality. These teas have compounds that trigger certain chemical reactions in our nervous system which encourage relaxation in the body and prepare it for sleep.

Chamomile Tea

A well-known tea considered as the best sleep time tea is Chamomile tea. This herbal tea is not a product of new researches. It is used for centuries in the traditional medicine system to treat anxiety, insomnia, and relieve stress. It has a taste of crispy apples and a flavor profile described as sweet and floral.

In a 2009 study, it was found that Chamomile extract reduces anxiety in patients diagnosed with mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It was claimed that Chamomile tea works as a mild tranquilizer, reduce stress on muscles and nerves thus helps to relieve tension and encourage relaxation.

In an animal study (2005) Researchers found that chamomile extract decreased sleep latency in rats.

In a human study published (2011), scientists found that chamomile improves wakefulness and alertness after sleep indicating better quality sleep with chamomile tea.

While still, research is going on chamomile tea shows strong potential to make it easier to get to sleep and wake up refreshed.

For even more soothing power, try our REVA Tea Chamomile Lavender blend of chamomile flowers and lavender.

Peppermint Tea

Mentha balsamea plant extracts are used to prepare Peppermint tea The mint plant is found widely in the wild and residential gardens across the world.

Peppermint tea before bed can help you sleep better, especially with an upset stomach.  It is known as an anti-stress tea with anti-inflammatory properties which relaxes muscles and encourage calmness. Peppermint tea is generally caffeine-free so drinking a cup before bed won’t increase insomnia and help to induce a feeling of calmness before bedtime with muscle relaxation. Peppermint also relieves gas and bloating, helping to induce sleep when there are symptoms of indigestion or other digestive tract issues. Peppermint can also alleviate nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy among women ensuring better sleep. A study published in the Journal of Natural Science Research substantiated this fact. The effect of peppermint oil on 101 pregnant women reporting daily morning sickness and nausea was examined. It was concluded that peppermint oil help to reduce the occurrence of nausea in pregnant women.

Lemongrass Tea

This tea is made up of leaves of the lemongrass plant (Cymbopogon citratus). Lemongrass is native to Asia, India, and Australia. It has a citrusy and lemony flavor. Lemongrass tea stimulates rest and is considered an exceptional sleeping aid. lemongrass tea triggers the release of serotonin a hormone that helps to improve mood and happiness. The sedative effects of lemongrass reduce stress and are helpful for people suffering from restlessness. A study has found that lemongrass tea can help improve sleep spells of a long time with regulated sleep cycles. Scientists attributed the improvement in sleep spells to the release of serotonin and sedative effects of the lemongrass plant leaves.

For even more soothing power, try our REVA Tea  Lemon Grass Ginger blend of chamomile flowers and lavender.

Lavender Tea

The flower petals and buds of the Lavandula angustifolia plant are widely used to make Lavender tea. The tea has a striking purplish-pink color with a minty aroma with a sweet mild and light flavor. Lavender is also a popular scent and is widely used in bath salts to aromatherapy. It is helpful to induce feelings of peace and calmness. Lavender Tea is a popular way to settle down after a busy day for a sound sleep

According to a study published in Chronobiology International, lavender increased slow-wave sleep, also known as deep sleep. The effect was more pronounced on women than on men. 31 participants in this study were given to inhale lavender oil and distilled water in aromatherapy. The result was increased deep sleep and it also boosts energy levels upon waking up.  

Better sleep quality with Bedtime Teas

People having a hard time sleeping because of sleep disorders i.e., insomnia, or for digestive reasons can have faster quality sleep with a cup of tea. These sleep teas also feature a wide array of flavors and aromas. A cup of sleep tea not only feel more rested and ready for sleep but also keeps you rejuvenated and ready to face the next day when you wake up.

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