Teas for Improved Sleep
Teas for Improved Sleep
It’s no surprise that in our modern, fast-paced society, our sleep can often suffer at the hands of any number of common distractions. A recent study has suggested that as much as 36% of UK adults find it difficult to get to sleep on a weekly basis, with nearly 50% of the UK experiencing difficulties at least once a month.
Whether it’s caused by stress, inconsistent working hours or not being able to switch off from technology late at night, poor sleep and ongoing fatigue can become a very real problem. While there are plenty of options for addressing this concern, many sufferers prefer to tackle sleepless nights by focusing on natural remedies, such as teas and tisanes. If you love your night-time tea, but also want to look into ways of changing your sleeping habits, then you may want to take a look at some of our best teas for improved sleep.
Of course, a good approach to enjoying a great night’s sleep is to vary your tea-drinking with some decaffeinated choices. Decaffeinated teas offer a great alternative to regular tea, offering the same fresh, bold flavours but without the effect of caffeine, so you can enjoy an evening brew without worrying about tossing and turning when heading in for the night.
Another great herbal tea to help you sleep is rooibos tea, which is available in such a wonderful range of blends and flavours that it’s no wonder so many tea-lovers keep a stock of their favourite rooibos to enjoy when it’s time to relax and unwind. As would be expected, the absence of caffeine in rooibos can help to reduce stress and promote quality sleep, which is why so many of us choose rooibos tea before bed, while the selection of rooibos tea variants available is another plus.
It’s not only rooibos tea that has been celebrated for its relaxing qualities. Drinking chamomile tea before bed has long been seen as a way to encourage a great night’s sleep, and for good reason; studies have shown that chamomile can result in an improvement in sleep quality and can also be effective in promoting general relaxation.
Along with decreasing levels of cholesterol, hibiscus has been reported to help in lowering blood pressure. A link between high blood pressure and insomnia has been suggested, indicating that the antihypertensive qualities of hibiscus can be of great help in not only lowering blood pressure, but in encouraging quality sleep. What’s more, hibiscus tea is 100% caffeine-free, meaning it can be a great tea to encourage relaxation.
Also available in a delicious, naturally caffeine-free tea, peppermint offers a number of benefits for those looking to ensure a great night’s sleep; it has been suggested that it can have a calming effect on the digestive system, while the strong menthol aromas can improve nasal airflow, so you won’t be disturbed by an irritating blocked nose during the night. It’s clear why so many enjoy a nightly peppermint tea before bed!