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Tea That Helps You Sleep

A guest post by Aaron Stevenson

· Sleep,herbal tea,tea,insomnia,guest blog

Many people question the benefits of tea. The reason, there is just not a whole lot of concrete research and evidence as of today. Yet, so many people claim they believe and know that certain teas help them on many levels including sleep, weight loss, and even stress. Though, it is said from people like the researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that the health benefits of certain teas do “grow stronger and stronger with each new study in scientific literature”. It has taken some time for the evidence to get noticed, but the good thing is it doesn’t take more time to learn which teas claim to help you sleep etc. just by user experience. So, let’s get to it! Here are 8 types of ingredients or herbs to look for in tea that helps you sleep.

Valerian

This herb has been used for centuries to help people with sleeping and anxiety. There have actually been studies that have shown it to have sedative properties as well. It is made from the root of a flower and with a routine drink of this in the evening; you may be slumbering before you know it.

Lemon Balm

It has been popularly believed to help increase relaxation. There is lack of research on this herb, but you fill find it in many teas due to the claim.

Chamomile

This may be the most popular flower/herb that you can find in tea to help you sleep. Again, there is not much research on this flower, but it is used by millions nightly. You can find this in many brands of tea, but you could also soak and brew these flowers yourself.

Chamomile Tea

Lavender

Chamomile and Valerian are probably the most popular herbs you will find in nighttime teas, but Lavender is usually right there amongst the two. Lavender has been said to reduce stress and help your body relax which equals sleepy time!

Kava Kava

This leaf shouldn’t be taken without deeper research on your part. It has been known to be dangerous if taken in too much quantity. Yet, it has been used to help people with insomnia.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese remedies are complex. Many so-called cures have been started from stories or folklore that aren’t true, but that doesn’t mean there are not any that are true! The true herbs used in Chinese medicine that have been proved to help are Sour Date Seed, Poria Paradics, Arborvitae Seed, and Schizandra Fruit.

Peppermint

Normally, peppermint is not even associated with sleep, but instead with stomach issues and giving more energy. Yet, much like its use for calming your stomach, it is also thought to calm your internal systems entirely which results in relaxation. If you snore, it is also said to help with that since your throat tissue is usually what causes snoring.

Peppermint Tea

St. John’s Wort

This herb has been used as a natural way to help depression and anxiety. For lots of people, having stress is the main reason they can’t sleep so that is what makes St. John’s Wort help. There are a few warnings on this plant though, so don’t be going and picking it and brewing it without researching a bit more first.

Can These Herbs Really Help?

I know, the first concern you may be thinking about after reading all these is “well, herbs are questionable so I’m not sure about that.” That is true. Different herbs claiming to help different health related things, is definitely a questionable topic.

Though, there are many known facts that herbs can help with health related issues including sleep. With the small research that has been done, all of it is positive. So, will these herbs help you fall asleep? The only way you will know is to try some of them. Some may work for you and some may not. Isn’t that how lots of things in life work? J

Author Bio Aaron Stevenson is a public educator, health freak, and founder of Snooze EZ. A go-to-source for many sleep related topics. You can follow him at Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thanks Aaron! If you think you have a topic our readers would benefit from and you would like to submit a guest post idea, simply fill out the contact form. I look forward to hearing from you.

Here's to living the life of our dreams by day and sleeping restfully at night.

In Peace,

Debra

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