According to many studies most adults require between six and nine hours of sleep every night, so what if you just can’t get yourself to sleep at night? Well there are lots of reasons why it can be difficult to get to sleep at night , like depression , over work, use of blue light devices like laptops just before bedtime and yes drinking too many drinks that contain caffeine during the evening.
Indeed caffeine is found in tea , coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and some medication. Yes it's true caffeine is great for giving us that energy boost we crave, usually when we are over worked. It is also true that some people are affected more by caffeine than others and can experience insomnia due to even moderate intakes in the late evening. Most medical sleep experts recommend that we don’t eat or drink anything containing caffeine in the four hours before bed, so what if you need a warm drink on a cold winters night ? would herbal tea i.e a nice cup of chamomile dreamy tea help ? yes we think so .
Can tea actually help you sleep?
Tea can be divided into several types , black, green, white, oolong ,Pu-erh and there is also herbal teas. We all know that great cup of Mrs Doyle's Irish tea is really good for us. All tea types contain antioxidant properties which will help to protect you from disease and will generally boost your energy levels.
Herbal tea and the winter ?
Basically herbal teas are not really tea in the technical sense as they do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, herbal infusions are often refered to as tea because we brew them in the same way. The most popular herbal teas include chamomile, lavender, ginger, peppermint and rooibos. Herbal teas basically offer many of the same health benefits as traditional teas and are mostly caffeine-free, but can tea help you with your sleep?
We believe tea can help with sleep, especially when used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle habits and that is important to remember !
So what is the best type of tea or herbal infusion for sleepy time ? .
The chamomile herb produces daisy-like flowers, and it has been brewed from the dried Chamomile flowers and used for centuries as one of the best natural treatment for insomnia. Chamomile infusion is naturally caffeine-free, so it is ideal for drinking at any time of day. We know that chamomile contains apigenin, a phytonutrient that has a sleep-inducing effect. Chamomile it seems also helps reduce stress and anxiety ! Our Mrs Doyle's Sleepy tea is a soothing mix of whole chamomile flower heads, lemon balm, valerian, and lavender and rose petals. Lemon balm, valerian and lavender have been used for centuries to treat ailments like insomnia and anxiety. We don't know exactly how they work , there is lots of research going on at present , but it may be that the addition of these herbs enhances the chamomile brew.
Anyway let’s look at some of the fantastic health benefits of chamomile herbal tea
- Sleep-inducing benefits
Chamomile contains a phytonutrient called apigenin which it seems has a sedative, relaxing effect.
- Chamomile may aid your digestion, digestion health is very important .
- Research suggests that Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, and so helps with soothing the stomach with symptoms such as nausea or gas.
- Chamomile may be beneficial for sufferers of diabetes, recent research indicates that Chamomile has been shown to help regulate glycaemic control, so helping those with either type of diabetes and helping blood lipid profiles, seemingly by decreasing HbA1C.
Heart, Chamomile is rich in flavones which are a great antioxidant. Flavones help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, so allowing easier transport of blood around the body, and therefore reducing stress on the heart.
- Potential Anti-Cancer properties, Apigenin is not only useful for sleep but there are studies that show it may help fight off cancerous cells, helping to reduce cancer’s progression.
Are there other teas which can help you sleep…
Most sleep researchers recommend abstaining from eating or drinking anything containing caffeine during the 4 hours before bedtime. However if you still feel the need for a cup of tea during the late afternoon or evening, go for a nice Pure Rooibos. Rooibos is a herb native to South Africa, Rooibos has a nutty, full-bodied taste and it is naturally caffeine-free. Of course decaffeinated tea is another option , Black Tea is treated with liquid carbon dioxide to remove caffeine. and this is a harmless process and does not diminish the flavour.
So basically if you are having problems with sleep that have been going on for some time, go see your doctor! otherwise have a good life style , eat well ,don't do caffeine 4 hours before bed time and don't do too much work 4 hours before bed time , try a Chamomile herbal tea in the evening and if you need a tea that is a little stronger try a Rooibos. enjoy the fall and winter season , its time to take a rest and sleep a lot GO On be nice to your self and enjoy a nice warm cup of tea or a tasty herbal infusion.