Herbal Teas for a Sound Sleep
Getting enough sleep these days? I know in self-isolation it can be extremely difficult. I even went through a phase where I was tossing and turning, having extremely vivid dreams, and waking up at odd hours of the night. This is because our bodies are entirely out of whack, but here's an easy solution. In your cabinet or on the next run to the grocery store, get yourself some tea to help reduce the effects of social distancing. You may be experiencing higher than normal levels of stress, anxiety, and insomnia, but I am too, that's okay. Below I've listed a few of the best teas to enjoy before bedtime that will have lasting effects all night. Happy reading and have a sound sleep tonight!
Chamomile tea is highly regarded as a sleep induced or, honestly, mild tranquilizer. It is rich in an antioxidant called apigenin, which binds to specific red rotors in your brain that help to decrease and anxiety and drift you off into a better sleep. Drink a cup about 30 minutes before you're ready to turn off the lights and sleep soundly.
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Blue lotus tea is a traditional Chinese tea that helps to reverse the effects of emotional distress, stress, and tension on the body by relieving qi stagnation. At night, this can help you ease into a deeper REM state and increase the overall quality of a good night's sleep. Additionally, lotus tea can help ease depression, chest tightness, and poor bodily functioning.
Valerian root tea is nature's second best insomnia fighter. It's extract comes straight from the root of the valerian herb and can help in a hot cup of water to increase levels of the neurotransmitter GABA to encourage sleepiness. This will improve your sleep quality without any of the adverse side effects of other methods.
Lavender tea is an all-time favorite extract when it comes to late night thoughts and insomnia. It's ingredients help to reduce the stress and anxiety that might be keeping you awake. Try this before bed if you can feel an onset of heavy thoughts.
Lemon balm tea is a popular sleepy time remedy that primarily helps to alleviate digestion before bed, so that you can rest easy all night long. It's aroma also increases GABA levels in the brain which, again, induce a more prominent sedative state.
Passion flower tea, like lemon balm and valerian root, increase GABA levels and simultaneously lowers brain activity for gentle relaxation and an ease into sleep. The taste is a bit earthy, but mixed with the right amount of honey will do just the trick.
Magnolia bark tea is mainly known for working as an anxiolytic, which help to lower effects of depression, anxiety, and stress. It can act directly as a sedative as well, so only drink one cup before bed if you want to sleep and dream peacefully.
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Rose tea, despite being known for its anti-aging properties, is also full of antioxidants that help you sleep. Whether it's a hot tea cup, rose mask, bath, or serum, get a dose of this ingredient to reduce the effects of stress and regulate your sleep cycle.