Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep.
Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep. Regularly clocking between seven and nine hours of rest each night makes us happier, healthier and can even help us live longer.
“Sleep is crucial to our wellbeing as it allows the body to repair itself – giving our digestive system the chance to pause, our cells the opportunity to regenerate, and our mind the space to consolidate new information and process memories,” says Ash King, a provisional psychologist and mental health expert from Sydney.
But as many of us know, a solid night of sleep can sometimes be hard to come by. Experts agree that your best shot at a blissful night’s rest comes from cultivating good sleep hygiene – that means things like reducing screen time before bed, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, and having a good nightly wind-down routine.
One way to cultivate that all-important sleep hygiene is to relax with a cup of soothing sleep tea before hopping under the covers. Here’s why a cup of herbal tea could help you drift off sooner.
Herbal ingredients help us sleep
Sleep teas, like Pukka’s Night Time blend, contain a mix of herbal ingredients proven to encourage a good night’s rest.
Certain herbs allow us to unwind so that we can fall asleep quicker; while others promote better sleep quality once we’ve dozed off.
Herbs such as chamomile and lavender “help us to relax and release the stresses of the day, and to gently drift off for a peaceful night’s sleep,” explains naturopath and Pukka Herbs Australia’s Herbal Expert, Sonya Byron.
The likes of valerian and liquorice, which are also included in Pukka’s Night Time blend, then support deep and restorative sleep.
Hot drinks encourage us to unwind
It’s not just the ingredients in sleep tea that help us doze off – it’s also the temperature of the brew.
By calming our nervous system, hot beverages can help us unwind. That’s because how warm or cold we are has a big effect on how alert we feel: in the same way that a chilly afternoon often inspires us to get cosy in front of a fire, a piping hot mug of tea can induce sleepiness.
And unlike other hot drinks like black tea or coffee, sleep tea is caffeine-free.
It establishes a good nightly routine
A good bedtime routine is critical for establishing good sleep hygiene. Unwinding with a cup of sleep tea can help us relax before bed.
“Enjoying a warm cup of night time tea regularly can become a soothing and comforting ritual; an essential (and delicious!) part of our bedtime routine,” says Byron.
“We are creatures of habit, and a cup of night time tea every evening can naturally signal to both body and mind that it’s now the time to relax and unwind, preparing us physically and mentally for a good night’s sleep.”
King agrees that a good nightly routine will help you go into rest mode, as it “primes your body and mind to enter into the process of relaxation and unwinding”. A wind-down routine literally trains your brain to understand when it’s time to go to sleep.
To really establish a great bedtime routine, try switching off your screens, which can overstimulate our senses and keep us up longer than we’d like. Instead, sip a sleep tea while you read a book.
It’s safe and non-addictive
Importantly, unlike some other sleep aids, sleep tea is completely safe for daily use.
“Compared to some of the alternatives to help you sleep, sleep teas are safe and non-addictive, easily available, inexpensive, and people are often pleasantly surprised by how effective they can be,” Byron says.
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