#1. Chamomile Tea
The name Chamomile comes from the Greek word meaning “ground apple.” It even dates back to ancient Egypt, where Chamomile tea was prescribed as a cold remedy. In modern times studies have found that this daisy like plant very beneficial for sleep aid.
Chamomile tea is a wonderful beverage to have on hand before bedtime due to its calming affect. This tea is one of the best traditional medicines to treat anxiety, insomnia and relieve stress. Studies using rats, chamomile extract helped sleep-disturbed rodents get an easier night sleep.
Many researchers believe that chamomile tea may function like a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep. Other benefits include reducing menstrual pain, treating common cold and lowering blood sugar.
#2 Passion Flower Tea
This wonderful flower has been used for hundred of years to help aid sleep. Passionflower is known to have over 500 species treating anything from anxiety to insomnia. When the Spanish arrived in Peru they named the flower “the passion” as it resembled the cross.
The Natives have also been using this flower to treat illnesses as well as sleep deprivation. Some studies have shown that it helps with epilepsy, inflamed joints, depression and anger.
#3 Lemon Balm Tea
As far back as the Middle Ages, sleep deprived people have been relying on this calming herb to reduce stress, anxiety, and indigestion. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family and is found all over the global. Studies have showed that a 42% reduction in insomnia symptoms after participants received 600 mg of lemon balm extract per day for 15 days. If you chronically experience sleep problems, sipping lemon balm tea before bed may help.
#4 Valerian Root Tea
Valerian tea is known to be a powerful sleep aid when it comes to treating insomnia and a good night sleep. A scientific study of valerian root trials found that this tea shows moderate abilities to improve insomnia. Valerian tea is often suggested as an alternative to melatonin, a hormone that help relax before you sleep. However there seems to be some side effects such as drowsiness and even hallucinations.
#5 Lavender Tea
In ancient Egypt this herb was used as a perfume and incense, and to help the mummification process of the dead pharaohs. However this tea is a wonderful sleeping aid with a nice sweet aroma. The relaxing effects of lavender tea can help improve sleep and may be used to treat sleep disorders.