When’s the last time you had a good night’s sleep? If you’re like the 1 in 5 Americans who have been struggling with sleep due to the pandemic, your answer may be “not for a while.” Not regularly catching the recommended 7 hours of sleep a night can increase your risk of health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Luckily, there are at-home remedies you can try that are geared at helping induce sleep naturally.
Benefits of Herbal Tea for Sleep
Herbal teas are a great way to enhance sleep-related amino acids such as GABA and melatonin that are naturally occurring in your brain. Many teas such as chamomile, are also packed full of antioxidants called apigenin that have calming effects. These benefits are only the beginning when it comes to herbal teas promoting sleep, as the ritual and intention of brewing and enjoying tea, to some is therapeutic and as important to a bedtime routine as brushing your teeth.
The Art of the Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony also known as chanoyu dates back to over 500 years ago. It is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea typically in a traditional tea room but today, the tea ceremony can be used to inspire a ritual of intention and quiet reflection.
To help you explore the natural remedies of drinking tea before bed and creating your own interpretation of the tea ceremony at home, we’ve rounded up 9 types of tea for sleep. Incorporate one or all of these herbal remedies into your own bedtime routine to help you relax and ready your mind and body for sleep. Explore the visual below to get started.
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