Teas to help you sleep

1. Chamomile tea Chamomile is traditionally thought to reduce stress and help you sleep. In 2010, a US National Institutes of Health study of herbs concluded that, despite the small number of clinical studies conducted, “chamomile is justifiably considered a mild sedative and remedy for insomnia.” Chamomile flowers are included in many herbal teas and are sold separately.

2. Tea with valerian Valerian is a well-known herb for insomnia. An article published in 2007 in Sleep Medicine Reviews states that “there is no convincing evidence of the effectiveness of this plant for sleep disorders”, but it is safe for the body. So, if you believe in valerian’s sedative properties, keep brewing it.

3. Passiflora tea Passionflower is the best ingredient for evening tea. A 2011 double-blind study found that people who drank passionflower tea had “significantly better sleep performance” than those who received a placebo. 

4. Lavender tea Lavender is another plant associated with relaxation and good sleep. A study published in 2010 in International Clinical Psychopharmacology states that lavender essential oil has a positive effect on the quality and duration of sleep. Although the study did not say anything about the effectiveness of lavender tea, the flowers of this plant are often included in teas designed to improve sleep. 

Source: Translation: Lakshmi

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