Tea That Helps You Sleep: The Best Bedtime Drinks

Do you find that a relaxing herbal tea in the evening helps you shift down a few mental gears, washing away the stress of a hectic day?

As an Englishman and an insomniac, it makes sense that I’d drink tea as part of my relaxing bedtime routine.

Drinking tea might be a cultural norm for me, but I do feel that taking time out to enjoy your favorite tea, breathing deeply as the natural aromas fill the air, is a great way to relax at night.

In this article, I’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular nighttime teas, and examining which herbs, flowers and plants are used for relaxation.

I’ll also explore why it is that even though some research suggests tea doesn’t help you sleep, millions of people feel it does – and that includes me!


Part 1: The best bedtime teas

Part 2: Can tea really help you sleep or is it all in the mind?

Part 3: The herbs, flowers, plants and roots that may help you relax and sleep

Part 4: Reader’s suggestions

The best bedtime teas

photo of 6 different sleep teas on a table

Here are my 6 favorite bedtime teas, complete with a glass teapot and cup to enjoy the color as well as the taste!

There’s a wide range of ready-made herbal teas waiting to be discovered, with some classics that have lasted the test of time. Here are some which prove ever popular with people all around the world, and are also my personal favorites.

Celestial Seasonings sleepytime tea

photo of a cup of celestial seasonings sleepytime tea and box

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea is one of the most popular brands of tea for sleep in the United States. It’s also growing in popularity in the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

It’s been my personal favorite nighttime tea for some time now. I find it has a delicious taste – soft and rounded even though it’s quite earthy, with no overpowering flavors that jump out. And with a little honey, it’s a lovely tea that helps me unwind at the end of a busy day.

It also has the added benefit of being soothing on the stomach. So when I’ve eaten a little too much rich food, this is the tea to calm both the body and mind. Sleepytime tea contains the following ingredients:

  • Chamomile (42%)
  • Spearmint
  • Lemongrass
  • Tilia flowers
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Orange blossoms
  • Hawthorn
  • Rosebuds

Available at: amazon.com  | amazon.co.uk


Yogi bedtime tea

photo of a cup of yogi bedtime tea in my kitchen

Yogi Bedtime tea is just one of many excellent teas that Yogi make. They produce several teas which can help with stress relief and relaxation, but this one is my favorite.

I find it a relaxing drink, and enjoy the deep, earthy flavor it has. You can really taste the valerian, chamomile and fennel combination, especially if you let it brew a little longer.

It has a wide range of certified organic ingredients, including lemon grass, which is widely used in South Asia for relaxation.

The ingredients of Yogi Bedtime tea are:

  • Fennel (31%)
  • Chamomile flowers (17%)
  • Valerian root (6%)
  • Peppermint
  • Cardamom
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemon grass
  • Sage
  • Lavender flowers
  • Nutmeg

Available at: amazon.com   | amazon.co.uk


Clipper sleep easy infusion

photo of clipper sleep easy tea prepared on my kitchen table

Clipper Sleep Easy is a tea that’s close to my heart, being blended in the UK, not far from where I grew up. I like how they point out that it’s made ‘with organic ingredients and a clear conscience’. Clipper say they strive to improve the welfare of the workers in the countries the ingredients come from.

Th tea has quite a mellow flavor, with just a hint of cinnamon and the rooibos coming through the standard flavor of chamomile. It’s a lovely bedtime tea, with a unique taste, that’s one of my favorites in the colder winter months.

The ingredients are:

  • Chamomile (25%)
  • Lemon balm (5%)
  • Valerian root (5%)
  • Cinnamon
  • Rooibos
  • Natural orange flavoring & other natural flavorings (5%)

Available at: amazon.com   | amazon.co.uk


Pukka night time

photo of a cup of pukka night time tea next to its box

Pukka Night Time has a flavor that appears similar to the Celestial Seasonings at first. But there are some subtle difference – it’s a little stronger tasting, and sweeter even. It’s a lovely flavor in fact, and one I can happily drink a couple of cups of in an evening.

The ingredients are 100% organic and ethically sourced, which I like to see. Interestingly, it’s the only commercial tea I’ve seen with green rama tulse leaf. This is thought to have anti-stress properties and used in ayurvedic medicine.

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

  • Oat flowering tops (30%)
  • Lavender flower (14%)
  • Limeflower (10%)
  • Chamomile flower
  • Licorice root
  • valerian root
  • Green rama tulsi leaf

Available at: amazon.com   | amazon.co.uk


Bigelow sweet dreams

bigelow sweet dreams tea prepared and ready to drink

Bigelow Sweet Dreams has some extra minty pizzazz to accompany the usual chamomile that you’ll find in most nighttime teas. It’s another of my favorites as I adore the taste and smell of mint.

Two different mint plants fuse together to create a lovely aroma, with a rich taste that’s great to drink on an evening when you feel like a stronger tasting bedtime tea. I like my tea in a glass cup, and enjoy watching the tea change color from yellow to red as it’s steeped for longer.

Made in the US from non-GMO ingredients, I like that the box, teabag and string are all biodegradable. But if you live in a place with high humidity or damp, each teabag has its own foil pouch to protect it from moisture and air.

The ingredients of Sweet Dreams are:

  • Chamomile
  • Hibiscus
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Rose blossom
  • Spearmint leaves
  • Spice
  • Orange blossoms

Available at: amazon.com   | amazon.co.uk


Bluebird Tea Dozy Girl

photo of a teapot brewing up a cup of bluebird tea dozy girl in my house

The teas I’ve mentioned so far are all made by established companies and come in ready-made tea bags. But my final favorite is made by an independent British company. Calling themselves mixologists, they take pride in offering beautiful dried tea to be brewed at home.

I first walked into their flagship shop in Brighton, asked what they had for sleep, and was suggested the Dozy Girl. It has a rich flavor, and like the Bigelow, a mesmerizing color change as the red flowers slowly overpower the yellow and green.

It has a flowery perfume to it, with a fruity taste that makes a nice change from the more earthy teas. If you live in the UK, or don’t mind ordering your tea from abroad, this is one to try.

  • Chamomile
  • Rose petals
  • Lavender
  • Lemon verbena
  • Hibiscus

Available at: Bluebirdteaco.com 

Can tea really help you sleep?

Why do you drink tea before bedtime? Maybe you find it relaxing, or you simply like the taste. Perhaps you feel from personal experience that it can help you fall asleep.

If you like the taste and enjoy relaxing on the sofa with your favorite bedtime tea, in some ways that’s the only thing that really matters.

The problem lies in the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of tea as a sedative; a large piece of research in 2012, for example, found little evidence that herbal teas actually help you sleep.

However, when I was doing some research into natural sleep remedies, I came to 2 conclusions:

  • The lack of clear evidence doesn’t necessarily mean a bedtime tea can’t  help.
  • It could be that simply taking the time to enjoy a cup of tea is relaxing in itself.

For me, drinking herbal tea is a valuable part of my bedtime routine; taking time out to sit and relax while drinking tea helps me transition from the busy daytime to the calmer nighttime.

Whether there’s evidence or not, many people firmly believe in the power of a soothing cup of tea to help them sleep.

The plants and herbs that help you sleep

1. Chamomile

In terms of popularity, Chamomile is the superstar of nighttime teas. The evidence for its sedative effect is still somewhat mixed, but it crops up time and time again in bedtime teas and herbal remedies.

It’s found in many brands of bedtime tea, either alone or mixed with other herbs. And if you enjoy making remedies yourself, it’s easy to make by drying out the flowers and brewing them.

chamomile tea flowers

2. Valerian

Valerian is one of the few herbs which has been repeatedly proven by researchers to have sedative properties. It’s made from the root of the flower, and people have used it for centuries to help with sleep and anxiety. It may take a couple of weeks of regular drinking before the full sedative effect is felt though.

valerian tea flower

3. Lavender

Although Chamomile and Valerian reign supreme in the bedtime tea category, they aren’t alone. Another plant sometimes put into the mix is Lavender, which is thought to have relaxing and anti-stress properties.

purple lavender tea flowers

4. Lemon balm

Lemon balm also cropped up in the study reporting a lack of evidence for natural remedies and teas that help you sleep. However, it’s still believed to aid relaxation by many people, and for this reason is often included in brands of teas for sleep.

lemon balm plant

5. St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort is most commonly used as a natural anti-depressant, but has also been found to help with anxiety. Since anxiety and stress are known to be causes of insomnia for many people, it could be that it helps promote sleep by reducing your nightly worries.

It does come with some warnings though, so do check that it’s safe for you to use based on your current state of health and other medications you might be taking.

st john's wort flower

6. Peppermint

Peppermint is often associated with providing energy and helping stomach problems, but is also sometimes included in bedtime tea. It’s thought to help calm your internal systems, and with that your mind. It may be particularly useful if you’ve over-indulged and your stomach is keeping you awake.

peppermint tea flowers

7. Kava Kava

I was hesitant to include Kava Kava on the list because of the various dangers it can pose. However, it’s still a valid plant used for insomnia. You just need to be slightly cautious if you’re thinking of using it. Do further research and check it won’t pose a problem considering your current health.

kava kava plant

8. Chinese herbs

Chinese medicine is a complex world. The philosophy tends to be more that you need to have a combination of herbs created specifically for you; not so much that they create a one-size-fits-all solution that will work for anyone.

That said, there are some herbs typically used to help promote sleep:

  • Sour Date Seed
  • Poria Paradicis
  • Arborvitae Seed
  • Schizandra Fruit

There are some formulas created to reflect the kind of sleep problems you might have. These are often connected to a body part, so for example problems falling asleep might be seen as being connected to the heart. So Chinese medicine would look at ways to restore balance to your heart specifically.

Reader’s suggestions

Since writing this article, many readers have left comments describing their favorite bedtime teas – thank you all! With so many fantastic suggestions, I’ve decided to start a list so future readers can see what others are drinking.

  • Pukka sleepy time.
  • Yogi soothing bedtime caramel.
  • Lemon balm and skullcap combination.
  • Chamomile Nights by Stash, with chamomile, spearmint and lotus.
  • Chamomile mixed with Chinese tea.
  • Lavender sun tea.
  • Sleepytime tea mixed with chai white tea and Rooibos red tea.
  • Chamomile steeped in hot water along with lemon verbena, with some lemon and sugar added.
  • Snore and Peace tea by Clipper.
  • Brewing 10 sweet mint leaves in boiling or very hot water.
  • Sleepytime tea with vanilla.
  • Triple Leaf Relaxing Tea (Chinese herbal tea).
  • Linden leaves tea.
  • Peppermint and chamomile tea combined.
  • Tension Tamer.
  • Tazo tea.
  • Happy Nights tea by Carmencita.
  • Nettle tea and Chamomile with a teaspoon of raw honey.
  • Teavana’s Winterberry.
  • Decaffeinated Earl Grey.
  • Nighty Night.
  • A concoction of the leaves of guava, taro and mulberry.
  • Triple Leaf Relaxing.

Which teas do you drink?

Now it’s over to you to talk about the teas you like. Do you make your own tea or do you buy it? Do you have a favorite tea? Please share your ideas in the comments below, and if there’s anything new I’ll add it to the list above.

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  • I do believe teas can be helpful. I read an article that suggested steeping 2-3 tea bags in a 1/2cup (mug) of boiled water; cover the mug and let it steep for at least one half of an hour. I actually prepare it at dinner and then drink it at bedtime. My sleeping has finally turned the corner from “unable to fall asleep” to “more easily fall asleep and it be restful.” It did take about a week or so for that to happen. I combined several teas which contained key herbs of lavender and chamomile among the higher content ingredients. For full disclosure, I did use a lavender cream on my feet (at bedtime) in conjunction with drinking the tea. I no longer have to do this every night. One major change I made was eliminating caffeine after 1:00 p.m.

    • Hi BLMofMI

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad to hear you found such success in improving your sleep through drinking tea, and perhaps with a little help from some relaxing pampering! I don’t know about the specifics of steeping tea for so long, and I guess it depends on the exact ingredients, quantities and desired effect. Personally I find tea which has been steeped for a long time a little over-bearing. But if you enjoy it, that’s all that matters!

      • well, it’s written on the box of most of those infusions to let it for 5 minutes in boiled water. I guess that the rough taste that we get after those 5 minutes must be from the useful ingredients. Pleasant tasting medicine is quite rare ! Hops in hot water taste awful. It’s too bad that beer just keep me awake if i drink only a few…

        • Hi Rej,

          Thanks for adding that extra information, and your English is very good! 5 minutes sounds much more like the time I would expect to brew tea for. It’s interesting that you’ve found a combination of natural sources and bought teabags. I think that’s a good idea!

  • it’s St John’s Wort, NOT St John’s Wart .

    For me, passion flower mix with Hops help to calm down. Not too much HOPs though because it’s a diuretic .

    • Hi Rej

      Thank you very much for that correction – I can’t believe how long that error has stood there for before either I noticed or someone pointed it out! I’ve been trying a local passion flower tea recently and quite enjoying it. Do you make your own mix?

      • I’ve bought some local hops which is very high in alpha and beta acid so I don’t need to use that much. It need to infuse for 5 minutes in very hot water. As to the passion flower, I buy the best one i can find in form of tea bags. I really feel the effect , sometimes feeling a bit dizzy.

        ( rather funny that a French Canadian is correcting some english text, I make so many mistakes in english :-) Cheers ! )

  • I do not think i have insomnia, but i do have some sleep troubles. When i was a little bit younger (I am between the ages of 13 and 17) i used to have peppermint tea every night before bed, i have slacked off though. Would drinking peppermint tea again help me sleep better? Does the Bigelow Sweet Dreams really work?

    • Hi Brenna,

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m sure that if it helped you in the past, there is a good chance it will help you again. It’s worth trying! I think it works in so much as if you find it relaxing then that’s good enough. That’s my opinion anyway:-)

  • Hi Ethan, how about Rooibos tea, have you heard of it ? Sorry if you mentioned it in your passage but I didn’t notice it. If compare Rooibos with Chamomile, which one of it has a better effect in helping people to sleep ?

    • Hi Jason,

      I drink quite a lot of Rooibos tea and really like it! However, I don’t consider it a bedtime tea and don’t know of any sedative effects. I mainly use it as a replacement for normal English tea when it’s later in the day and I don’t want to drink anything with caffeiene. But I imagine that like many hot drinks, if you find it relaxing to sit down and enjoy a cup, then that’s as good as anything else!

      In comparison with Chamomile, I imagine Chamomile has more of a reputation as a sedative. But as I said, whatever works for you!


  • I just started drinking Yogi Kava Tea at night to relax and promote sleep. It works very well for me, but for the last two nights I have been getting slight headaches. So trying to figure out what could cause the headaches I went on the internet and there are warning about kava and liver damage. Now I wonder where to go to get more facts.

    • Hi Mollie,

      Thanks for your comment, and that sounds a bit stressful! One minute you’re enjoying a relaxing cup of tea, the next you’re worrying about headaches and liver damage! You could always try looking at the websites of major health organizations for more information. There are always health warnings attached to just about everything you can ingest, but I think Kava tea wouldn’t be sold on such a commercial basis if it wasn’t passed as safe to drink! But perhaps you are one of the people who is more sensitive to it than others. And on the other hand, the headaches could have been caused by something else. Try a different tea for a few days and see if the headaches stop.

  • To me, the best way to come home and relax and have a good night sleep is a glass of wine, just poor it in a wine glass with one or two cubes of ice and sip it like it’s going to be the last drink you ever have,.. Just remember one Glass only, but if you go for the second glass consider yourself a wine- not…drinker.

  • “Sleep With Me” blend from Paromi Teas. Super hi – grade organic product, comes in a glass jar. Chamomile, Valerian, etc.

    • Hi Pascal,

      Thanks for that recommendation. I’ll have to try that one – I’ve just looked it up online and the ingredients seem quite interesting and different from most other night time teas.


  • I just read about kava helping with stress and anxiety and I have terrible back issues and don’t want to always be medicated before bed. It’s 9:10 and I just had some Yogi Kava tea I got from W.Foods (surprisingly large selection there). I hope it works!

    • Hi Joanne,

      Yes, Kava is one of those which many people believe can help with anxiety and stress. If you have a moment, it would be great to hear back from you and how you got on with the tea.

  • Hi there,

    Glucose levels dropping during the night is very commonly responsible for the sudden waking up in the middle of the night often accompanied with anxiety which is caused by the hormone Cortisol that the body produces to counteract the low blood sugar.

    If you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, try eating a couple of large teaspoons of honey. If you find you drop off to sleep fairly soon afterwards then you know low blood sugar levels are the problem.

    A diet consisting of less carbohydrates and more protein will help balance your blood sugars and prevent the huge swings in insulin (and consequently crashing blood glucose levels) which occur due to a diet rich in heavy carbs such as bread, potato, pasta etc..

    Alcohol at night will also cause these lows and especially anxiety..

    I hope this helps someone, it works really well for me..

    • Hi KS

      Thanks for your comment and your advice. It’s certainly an interesting an idea to test out the blood sugar drop possibility with some honey. I also imagine that having a generally healthy and balanced diet should help. Especially if you eat lower GI food, even if you still like your carbs. Brown rice and bread and wholewheat pasta for example.
      Thanks again

  • Tazo – Rest works great! Chamomile and Valerian root. It’s one of the few I can find around with Valerian root as an ingredient. Sometimes tough to find in stores so when I do find it, I get a few boxes. A nice cup of that and about a half hour later i’m ready for lights out! One of the few I can actually feel working.

    • Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your comment. I haven’t tried the Tazo-rest so might have to give it a go. It’s always good to hear about new teas, so thanks for the idea!

  • a teaspoon of locally produced honey accompanied by a cup of strong peppermint tea just before bedtime, leads to pleasant dreams – which probably means a good sleep. Apparently the Chinese have known this for thousands of years. Conversely, a spoon of the horrendously tasting manuka honey before bed causes me to dream, but weird and wild dreams – the choice is yours.

    • Hi Marco,

      Thanks for your comment, and yes peppermint tea with some honey does make for a fantastic bedtime tea. I’ve never been aware of Manuka honey causing me any strange dreams, so now you mention it, I might have to experiment and see what happens!

  • Thanks for putting this article out there Ethan. So often we see the commercials for prescription sleep aids. They are often much more expensive and dare I say, un-natural ways to fall asleep than having some chamomile or valerian or peppermint tea.

    • Hi Joe,

      I’m glad you appreciate the article. I try to look at the world of sleep from different angles, so whilst I cover traditional sleep aids, I’m also a big fan of natural remedies. And as I say in various different places, even if it’s mind over matter at work or the relaxing feeling you get from sitting down with a herbal tea, it’s just as good as something actually having a sedative effect.
      And of course, I’m from England, so a nice cup of tea will always feature highly on my recommended actions for just about any problem in life:-)

    • Hi Vasanthi,

      It’s impossible to say really. Sometimes I think it’s weird that mint can help promote sleep because it’s also used to refresh and energize. But lots of people do find it helps them relax. So I guess it doesn’t make much difference, and it’s up to you to decide which works best.


  • I love Celestial Seasongs teas. I drink many of them. I have found that the Sleepytime Vanilla is really good alone or combined with their peppermint.

  • I bought a herbal tea sampler a while back. I tried Chamomile, and though it smelled and looked wonderful, for some reason it didn’t taste good. I know I like Red Rose, which is all my family drinks, and I enjoyed Earl Grey/English Breakfast, but other than that I haven’t experimented much.

    Is there a healthier alternative to having a tea that tastes soothingly sweet without loading it with sugar? I’m trying to cut back on the amount of sugar, milk and cream I use in my tea.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. Have you tried adding just a bit of honey to your tea? There are lots of different kinds of honey you can try, and it will definitely add some sweetness, and depending on which you use, reduce the amount of refined sweetness you’re adding – at least when compared to standard sugar.

      Maybe another reader will have an idea for you as well:-)


  • I drink a cup of camomile tea (asda camomile tea bags) usually 3 or 4 evenings in the week . It does work for me ,but I seem to dream a lot more and the dreams are rather weird . Hope this is usefull.

    • Hi Billy

      Thanks for the comment – I guess it’s up to you whether to continue with the strange dreams or not! Some people would welcome that, others not. But at least you’ve found something which can help you sleep:-)

  • I’ve never been a tea drinker until I recently decided to eliminate caffeine from my diet. I knew nothing about teas, so I experimented with a few different flavors. One was chamomile. I couldn’t believe how tired I became after one cup. And this was in the afternoon! I didn’t have another cup of chamomile for a week, but the same thing happened. Again , in the afternoon…BAM, I completely nodded off before finishing the entire cup. Fortunately, I was already home from work when the sleepiness kicked in. As a novice tea drinker, I had no idea that this kind of tea could make you drowsy. In my case, it really kicks my butt. Maybe my make-up makes me susceptible to chamomile. But I think I’ll hold off drinking it until shortly before bedtime. I don’t need this effect early in the day.

    • Hi TJ

      Thanks for your comment, and it’s great that you’ve found a tea which works so well! You definitely sound like you’re particularly susceptible to the sedative effect the chamomile has, so I guess you’re right in being careful when you drink it. But it’s good to hear from someone who has had such success with it as a bedtime drink.


  • I found that celestial seasonings sleepy time kids tea good night grape works great I had essentially gotten it for my children but decided to try it myself add I have a very hard time going to sleep at night and it does help to put me to sleep

    • Hi Candace,

      Thanks for your comment – it’s great to hear from readers and which teas they find relaxing. How lucky that you found a tea which helps both you and the kids!


    • Thanks for that saraj – I just did some research into that, and you appear to be correct that some warnings have appeared that it can reduce the birth control effectiveness.

  • I’ve always had problems with anxiety and quality of sleep. I’ve found a routine that has helped me improve both these problems: I drink 1 cup of green tea before work, then 1 cup of coffee when I arrive at work, then in the evening I’ll drink both chamomile and decaf green teas mixed together up until bedtime (approx. 4 cups per night). I always leave the tea bags in the cup and will let it stand for a minimum of 5 minutes before drinking. I believe doing this has helped me significantly because my anxiety and sleep improved when I started this routine, plus other aspects of my life such as diet, exercise and work stresses have remained relatively constant.
    I want to try experimenting with Lavender and Valerian next.

  • I am a very ‘light’ sleeper, can wake up to a flick of a light switch. I have no problem falling asleep, (I can do it on a dime), what I have a hard time with is staying asleep. I chalk it up part in parcel to my low thyroid condition, people says it’s hogwash…

    • Hi Jadesun,
      It’s very common to have problems staying asleep, and there could be all kinds of explanations for it. Hopefully you’ll find a way to manage it:-)

  • I swear by Dr Stuart’s Valerian Plus tea. Half an hour before bed and the next thing I know it’s morning! It’s available in the UK from Holland & Barret, Waitrose or direct from Dr Stuarts.

  • I may have to try the St. Johns Wart. I have not tried many natural remedies but I am thinking I should cut out the nightly glass of wine and try tea. The added benefits of something that helps with stress seems like a great idea. I think that is why I have a hard time sleeping in the first place.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for the comment, and yes, if you think you have trouble sleeping because of stress then there are many things you can do to help. Alcohol has been shown to help people fall asleep quicker, but then can disturb the amount of REM sleep you have, which is important for your well-being. So perhaps try something herbal and keep the nightly wine as a treat!

  • Hi Ethan,
    I recently tried a sleepy/dreaming tea that contained Mugwort. It worked nicely, but I haven’t seen much written about it or advertised in other teas?
    What is your though on this herb?
    Cheers, Chrissy

    • Hi Chrissy

      Thanks for your comment and question, and sorry for the late response – I’ve been studying so had no time to reply to comments until now. To be honest I don’t have much of an opinion on Mugwort one way or the other. I haven’t found it to be calming personally, but haven’t drunk it more than a couple of times to be fair. I have heard of other people – as yourself also now – saying it works well. But once again there is no scientific evidence that it has sedative properties, or can help with any of the other conditions it is supposed to. If it works for you though, then that’s the only important thing:-)


  • Chamomile tea works well, and Sleepy Time Tea works. But chamomile night tea does help for a bit. Drink one cup of chamomile tea and then take a sleeping pill, and then sit in your bed and watch TV until you get sleepy and then have a peaceful night sleep. Hope you have a good night.

    • Hi Torscher

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad to see you find Chamomile tea good for sleep. But I have to say I’m not sure about your advice of taking a sleeping pill and watching TV in bed!

      I know this article is about tea, but I feel compelled to mention that watching TV in bed is something which is well known to stop people falling asleep easily. It’s best to keep the bedroom as a peaceful sanctuary with no visual electronics.

      Hopefully you’re also only taking sleeping pills on a short-term basis, or on the advice of a doctor It’s easy to get trapped in a cycle of taking them permanently. So if you can stick with the Chamomile, but let go of the bedroom TV and maybe the sleeping pills at some point, you’ll be doing well:-)

      Best wishes

    • To really make it even more effective, get yourself some glasses that block the “blue light” coming from your electronics…TV, phone, clocks, iPads, so your body can produce the important melatonin. That blue light emitted from the TV will go through the eyes to the part of the brain that produces the melatonin. (Pineal gland). They’re less than 10.00 at Amazon. I bought the ones that can fit over my glasses. I think they’ve made a big difference with my sleep latency since buying them.

      • Hi la196,

        That’s an interesting idea, and you’re totally right about the light being capable of interfering with your natural melatonin production, and so your sleep cycle. The alternative is of course to turn the brightness right down if using computers or phones. And if it’s a good TV, also on there if the option is available.
        But best of all is of course to read a book and not watch any electronic device!

      • Hi
        It definitely won’t help everyone! If you’re a severe insomniac, then it might just not be enough for you. But as part of a relaxing bed-time ritual you might find it helpful rather than expecting it to be an all-out sedative.

      • I’m sorry you have trouble sleeping. I’m sure you have tried everything you can think of to change that. I wonder if you focused on totally changing how you think from the moment you started each new day, like mind over matter, and under no circumstances let your mind wonder back to the old way of thinking. I’m not just referring to the insomnia way of thinking, but the entire way you think about you, who you are, and perhaps creating a new you. To do this, you would have to establish a whole new routine, perhaps a more healthier routine??! Start your day off with a brisk walk thinking of happy, healthy things. Change the things you eat to a more balanced, well rounded meal, always, and less sugar and fast foods. After a nice relaxing shower, and loud, happy singing take 15 mins to read the paper, or a book. Go to work a different way. In our stressful times, it’s not always easy to be positive, but, try to be, anyway. Try changing how you see people, especially those you’d rather not see at all??!
        I think you get the msg. Anything is possible. Don’t give in to, I can’t change this. You can change anything if you want it bad enough. Change doesn’t come easy. But, take small steps towards your goals. Don’t ever let your mind be negative, rebuke it, fight it. Become a more positive person if you aren’t already. Your whole life will become so much brighter, and the lives around you.
        There are so many good books out there to help guide you in a healthier way of thinking, eating, and most of all, living!
        Good Luck To You!

    • Well… (1) don’t take a sleeping pill because those are horrible for you and not natural at all. You want to build good sleeping habits naturally so that you will be able to maintain them without taking a pill every night. Also, if you want to go to sleep faster, it’s better to listen to quiet music that is peaceful and helps you relax. The reason why you should not watch TV is that watching TV stimulates your brain and increases brain activity. So watching TV is kind of counterproductive. MY suggestions for the best sleep are as follows, and doing these things has really helped me achieve better sleep:

      1) Watch TV about 1-2 hours before the time you get in bed. I actually don’t even watch TV in the evening unless its a movie with friends. Instead, I enjoy my favorite shows in the morning with breakfast. This is actually better because (as I mentioned before) TV promotes brain activity. So this will help you wake up and be more ready and mentally active in the morning when you are getting ready for work/school/whatever.

      2) Don’t eat right before going to bed. You want your digestive system to not be working while you try to sleep. You should also try to use the bathroom before going to bed to ensure that you won’t be kept awake having to go to the bathroom.

      3) Try and get everything you need to do done at least an hour before bedtime. You want to feel ready to sleep, and you don’t want to be stressed or feeling like you still have things to do. Go through a checklist of everything that you think needs to be done a few hours before you go to bed so that you can feel relaxed and ready to get some Z’s.

      4) Enjoy some a small serving of your favorite sleeping tea. Don’t have so much that you feel totally filled. You still want to be fairly empty before sleeping. Trying to sleep while bloated… not easy, relaxing or good. And also don’t try to choke down a tea that you don’t like. I personally don’t like camomile, so I mix it with a stronger tea that I like.

      5) Try listening to some soft music that you find relaxing. I like classical piano or something like that. But don’t try to sleep with headphones in or listening to death metal. Neither will encourage good sleep. You can also try listening to some nice natural sounds such as water or forest sounds or whale mating calls. (XD) Whatever helps you relax.

      So that’s about all the advice I can think of right now. If you have any opinions about these or you think you have some better ideas or you tried something that worked well for you, please reply. I’d love to know if (1) you found this helpful or (2) if you have any disagreement or anything or (3) if you have any additions to my list of sleeping tips. Okay… I’m off for a good nights rest and I hope you all are as well.

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