You relax into bed after a long, draining day. You stare at the ceiling for what feels like forever; it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t fall asleep. Does this sound like you?
Insomnia and sleep deprivation is an all too common, and frustrating, problem. You may not have considered drinking herbal tea with soothing properties that will help ease you into sleep – so we’ve listed the top three blends for you to try.
This organic and naturally caffeine-free tea is the perfect antidote to sleepless nights. This blend’s ingredients include chamomile and tulsi leaf, which is an antioxidant. For thousands of years, tulsi has been believed to counter anxiety and promote clearer thoughts – perfect before bed.
This blend also contains a high proportion of licorice root, which helps to boost the immune system and stimulate healthy levels of cortisol; a hormone that helps the body to deal with stress. Pukka’s bags also contain two individual chambers, for a strong, rounded flavour. They are also all totally unbleached and plastic-free too, so you can compost them.
Two chambers allow flavours to fully develop
A little pricey
For some, the flavour may need enhancing with honey
Clipper is another brand famous for its naturally organic caffeine-free teas, and this Sleep blend makes for a comforting and enjoyable addition to your bedtime routine. The distinctive natural orange flavour adds a welcome hint of zest, making it taste less medicinal than blends you might find in your local corner shop.
The addition of valerian root is particularly effective as it is a natural sedative, which is likely to help promote uninterrupted sleep. However, while this Clipper tea’s flavour can be quite weak, it’s such good value that we’d suggest adding two bags to your mug before you relax into a deep, soothing sleep.
Excellent value – it’s perfect for stocking up
Contains valerian root, which is a natural sedative
Flavour can be weak – nothing two bags can’t solve!
Lots of tea blends smell wonderful off the boil but have a bland, underwhelming taste. Not this one. This tea from Yogi tastes as good as it smells when the hot water from the kettle hits. The blend of soothing herbs in this blend – like chamomile, skullcap and redbush – are all naturally caffeine-free relaxants, helping promote calm before a great night’s sleep.
The skullcap is a welcome addition to help you sleep soundly – it reduces anxiety by stimulating a nerve-calming transmitter in the brain. This brew stands out from the rest because it also contains extracts of Californian poppy, which limits the body’s adrenaline, slowing the heart and helping ease you into sleep. Yes, this tea is relatively expensive and can be difficult to get your hands on, but it’s a small price to pay if it saves you from an uncomfortably sleepless night.
Helps reduce adrenaline
It’s quite pricey
Available in very few shops & in high demand