Photo by Leah Klafczynski
Sleep should be filled with dreams, drooling and snoring, but the stresses of college life often make sleep impossible. Luckily, there are remedies for sleep that not only work, but are as simple as a cup of tea. Here are some teas that will help you sip your way to a good night’s rest.
The power of chamomile
Chamomile is a great herb to look for when selecting a sleep inducing tea.
For generations chamomile flowers have been dried and added to tea blends due to their many health benefits. For sleep aid, chamomile acts as a light sedative that causes relaxation without drowsy effects the next day.
Celestial Seasonings’ “Sleepytime Herbal Tea”
“Sleepytime Herbal Tea” is the classic chamomile tea. In addition to chamomile, the tea includes other calming herbs and plants such as spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds. This tea has a very floral aroma and taste, and it soothes as it moves to the stomach. I find “Sleepytime Herbal Tea” to be bitter and like to add a small amount of sugar (a pinch, not a full tablespoon!). Although I am not crazy about the ultra- floral taste of this tea, it is very soothing and eases me to sleep after finishing a cup.
Valerian root extract
Valerian is an herb also used for sleep aid. The oil from the root is often extracted for use in teas and other beverages to help anxiety and insomnia. Much like chamomile, valerian root is a natural sedative that is strong enough to put you to sleep.
Republic of Tea’s “Get some zzz's - No. 5 Herb Tea for Rest”
“Get some zzz’s” is another fantastic tea from the Republic of Tea’s “Be Well Red Tea” collection. Unlike regular chamomile tea, this red tea also has valerian root extract for extra eye-shutting power. “Get some zzz’s” also contains a blend of orange peal, spearmint, passionflower (herb) and the natural sweetener stevia. This tea still has a floral taste, but is very toned down and lighter in taste compared to “Sleepytime Herbal Tea.” A warning: although this tea tastes good, it smells like dishwater, so do not inhale for a soothing aroma.
After drinking half of an average sized mug of “Get some zzz’s,” I was ready to conk out for the night.