Ah, the burden of sleeplessness! The tormenting moments when sleep deceives you, time literally seems to come to a standstill. You lie in bed wondering endlessly how you can catch up on some restful sleep because you have tons of responsibilities to attend to right after daybreak. You wonder whether you should visit a doctor, who can prescribe sleeping pills for you to be able to end the torture. But, wait, what if there are natural remedies like bedtime teas that will help you sleep?
The Channel 46 has collaborated with Dr Anjali Kumar, MBBS, MD & Former CEO at Just Diabetes, and lists 6 bedtime teas that work their magic in helping you get uninterrupted sleep.
1. Chamomile Tea
Flavours extracted from the chamomile flower are blended with green tea leaves to give us chamomile tea, one of the best teas that induce peaceful sleep. The flower is recognised for relieving tension, calming the mind, and relaxing the body. And when combined with green tea, which has its own health benefits, it only enhances the stress-relieving properties of this tea. A few warm cups of chamomile tea after 4 pm is sure to ensure restful sleep after 8 pm.
2. Lemongrass Ginger Tea
A potent combination of lemongrass leaf extracts and ginger, the health benefits of this tea are immense. Lemongrass is known for revitalising the body and treating anxiety and depression. Ginger, on the other hand, relieves symptoms of nausea, gas, and bloating, as well as menstrual cramp pain. The invigorating aroma of lemongrass and the earthy flavours of ginger, blended with green tea, soothes your senses, pleases the palate, and cleanses the system, proving to be an effective beverage for uninterrupted sleep.
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3. Magnolia Tea
Magnolia tea is derived from the stems and dried bark buds of the plant of the same name. The plant comprises honokiol and magnolol, both of which are known for their sedative properties. It has been an integral part of traditional medicine for boosting sleep since time immemorial. Drink a cup of Magnolia tea and keep sleeplessness at bay.
4. Lavender Tea
As evident from the name, this tea is infused with the lavender flower. The buds of this flower is brewed in water that gives the beverage its purple colour, and distinct aroma and flavour. It not only puts you to sleep but also ensures improved sleep quality by making your body feel relaxed. Research has also shown that this tea controls symptoms of anxiety and depression – yet another reason behind peaceful sleep.
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5. Low Caffeine Green Tea
Much has been written about the health benefits of green tea in the past few years and understandably so. One of those many benefits is its ability to relieve insomnia and ensure quality sleep. Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), a sedative ingredient present in this tea, works wonders in reducing stress and feelings of fatigue. However, keep in mind that it is the low-caffeinated version of green tea, or better still the non-caffeinated version, which offers you these benefits and not the one that is high on caffeine, a compound that disrupts sleep.
6. Passionflower Tea
Brewed from the fresh or dried leaves of passionflower, which has been recognised for its medicinal properties for ages and used as a herbal supplement. Studies have proved that drinking a cup of this herbal tea once a day for a week significantly enhanced the quality of sleep.
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