Sleep has eluded all of us at some point. Whether it’s because of stress, a lumpy mattress or a partner’s snoring, an estimated 50 million to 70 million Americans experience sleepless nights, according to the National Institutes of Health.
But relief may be as easy as brewing a pot of tea.
Many types of loose or bagged tea can help promote restful sleep, noted Elizabeth Trattner, an acupuncturist and oriental medicine consultant in Miami Beach, Fla.
“When the goal is a good night’s sleep, most teas should be consumed 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed.”
And make sure your brew is decaf—beverages with caffeine are helpful in the morning when your goal is staying awake for several hours, not when you’re trying to get to sleep. Stay away from anything caffeinated at least two hours before bedtime.
To ward off any tossing and turning tonight, try a cup of one of these teas before going to bed: