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Does Chamomile Tea actually help you Sleep?

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Does Chamomile Tea actually help you Sleep?

June 24th, 2020

Chamomile is a well-known sleepy herb, and a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety and treat insomnia. In fact, chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild sleep inducer. As a tea it’s historically used to relax the body. Its calming effects may be attributed to the antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. If you’re a frequent night time “waker,” there is some evidence to suggest that Chamomile will help reduce the number of times you do this per night.

The simple act of sipping a hot cup of tea is generally calming, and folk medicine has long used chamomile for its ability to soothe the body into a state of restfulness. A caffeine-free herbal tea such as chamomile “tea” isn’t habit-forming and can be used as often as necessary to promote restful nights. Other teas which contain caffeine may inhibit the ability to peacefully drift off to sleep, particularly right before bed. It is recommended that caffeine is avoided at least 2 hours prior to sleep.

Although there are a number of health benefits that chamomile offers, it is recommended to start drinking the tea in small doses and build yourself up. This may take 2-3 weeks for your body to adjust and start to unwind as you increase your intake of the tea. Whilst there is minimal research that suggests herbal sleep teas actually help sleep, let it be known that chamomile tea has the benefits of calming anxiety which in turn, helps you sleep better.

 

Sleep Healthy!

 

Source:

https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/herbal-remedies-and-sleep.html

https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/caffeine-and-sleep.html