Want to Sleep Better? Drink One of These Teas and Hot Beverages Before Bed Each Night
One of the essential lifestyle factors that help us function efficiently is sleep. When you give your mind and body an opportunity to recharge, you wake up feeling refreshed and alert, which sets you up for a more successful day. Adequate levels of sleep impact our overall health and wellness, our immune system, and our general mood and energy. There is an argument about quality of sleep versus quantity of sleep—nine hours of fragmented or poor-quality sleep won't be as healthy as seven hours of sound, restorative sleep.
There are things you can do during the day to set yourself up for success when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Daily activity can help you sleep better as this promotes melatonin production. In fact, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise may improve your sleep quality that same night. What's more, exercise can also reduce stress levels, which is something that tends to keep many of us up at night. Paying attention to your diet and how foods make you feel is also important. Digestive issues like bloating and gas are uncomfortable and can impact your quality of sleep as well.
Another simple way to help yourself sleep better? Create an evening routine, which would ideally include some down time and a cup of warm tea, which has antioxidant properties that help ward off free radicals which damage our cells. While we are resting at night, our bodies go into repair mode, so adding a delicious, restorative tea to your nighttime routine can give your body that antioxidant boost it needs while calming your body in a natural way. Here, we outline the very best teas to drink before bed to get a better night's rest.
Nix the nightcap! While some studies show that a glass of wine can help you doze off, booze may end up disrupting your sleep in the middle of the night. If you are looking for the polyphenols and ruby red antioxidants, our Pomegranate Tea, pictured above, fits the bill. An in-vitro study conducted by UCLA concluded that pomegranate juice has, on average, more antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, or green tea.
Don't confuse this warming drink with your morning java. Our Golden Latte is the farthest thing from coffee, and it's the perfect drink to enjoy at night. Turmeric aids in digestion and has calming properties which leads to sounder sleep. It's easy to prepare and totally delicious.
Citrus Mint Tea
Mint, a calming herb that people have used for thousands of years, can soothe an upset stomach. Make our Citrus-Mint Tea before bed as it can also help with indigestion, helping you sleep more soundly.
Stress Soother Tea
After a busy day, our Stress-Soother Tea is exactly what you need. Chamomile contains antioxidants that may promote sleepiness, which is particularly good if you find that you just can't doze off when you put your head down on the pillow. Plus, drinking chamomile tea has been shown to improve overall sleep.