10 Teas That Will Put You Right To Sleep

There are plenty of over-the-counter meds that claim to help you sleep throughout the night, but wouldn't you prefer to aid insomnia the all-natural way? To do so, all you have to do is kick back, relax, and sip on a cup of hot tea.

Herbs have been used in medicine in southern and eastern Asia for thousands of years. Tea is made by infusing dried, crushed leaves or herbs in hot water, and it's no secret that drinking it provides plenty of health benefits.

Whether it be settling your stomachburning fatcuring a cold, or helping you sleep, there's a wide range of teas to choose from that can help you in many ways.

Losing sleep? Drink these alone or mix them together to make a dreamlike creation, it doesn't matter; there are plenty of teas that can help. Take a look at this list of teas that include just the right qualities to ensure a better night's sleep.

Catnip Tea

You've probably heard of the catnip plant before, but did you know that it's used to make medicine? The nepetalactone in catnip is an organic compound that aids many things, and insomnia is one of them. Catnip isn't just for the kitties, so buy a collection of catnip tea bags and watch the magic happen.  

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea

When it comes to "bedtime teas," Celestial Seasons has mastered the magic potion. In order to ensure the best night's sleep, they created their famous Sleepytime Tea, featuring lemongrass, spearmint, linden flowers, and chamomile — a plethora of ingredients that will knock you out in minutes.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a range of daisy-like plants that's been used as traditional medicine for years and years. Thanks to its many healing ingredients, such as apigenin and bisabolol, it is often mixed with other plants to create the ultimate nighttime drink.

Decaffeinated Green Tea

Due to the hectic nine-to-five American lifestyle, many of us suffer from lack of sleep that's caused by stress. Thankfully, reen tea contains theanine — an amino acid that has been proven to help reduce stress. If you stress less, you'll get more rest.

Lavender Tea

The essential oils extracted from the lavender plant have the ability to reduce anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain — all contributing factors to insomnia. Not only does it help your body, but it tastes and smells amazing, too.

Lemon Balm Tea

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, lemon balm has been used to help with sleep since the Middle Ages. As a member of the mint family, lemon balm has the ability to soothe your mind and reduce your anxiety. Plus, it tastes delicious.

Peppermint Tea

An upset stomach can cause you to toss and turn all throughout the night. Luckily, peppermint can calm your stomach muscles, improving the flow of bile and easing your pain. It smells divine, tastes like a dream, and makes you feel better. If you're feeling a little queasy as you get ready for bed, we suggest making peppermint tea. Otherwise, you might have a long night ahead of you.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is a broom-like legume plant from South Africa. When brewed as a beverage, it creates red rooibos tea, which is rich in iron, potassium fluoride, and magnesium. All of these minerals are believed to help combat insomnia, so drink up!

St. John’s Wort Tea

Also known as hypericum perforatum, St. John's wort is a yellow flowering herb. Many tea brands — such as Yogi and ALVITA — have taken full advantage of its healthy properties by including this herb into their tea mixtures. St. John's wort includes hyperforin and hypericin, both said to help fight insomnia.

Valerian Tea

Many teas on our list help ease problems like anxiety and stress, resulting in better sleep. That being said, valerian is one of the few herbs that is actually said to have sedative properties, but only in the safest and most natural way possible. Studies have yet to find what chemical in valerian that actually makes you sleepy, but it's made from the root of a plant and is harmless.