A Model-Turned-Nutritionist Says These Are the Best Teas for Sleep
We pick the brains of models day in and day out. We’re constantly prying into their medicine cabinets and kitchen cupboards, trying to uncover their elusive model secrets. We hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear diet tips from a model who also happens to have her degree in nutritional science. That’s exactly what we found in Alicia Rountree. The Mauritian model (she’s got the island hair and bronzed glow to prove it) is also a certified nutritionist and restaurateur (she has to be able to put her knowledge into practice, right?), and today she’s sharing her secrets with us.
It's no secret that a warm cup of tea is one of the best ways to induce a peaceful night's sleep. After all, the benefits of drinking a herbal tea before bed are numerous. For starters, establishing a routine of drinking tea before calling it a night helps you unwind, especially when you force yourself to spend time away from electronics. Warm herbal tea aids in relaxation, improves blood flow, and has a soothing effect on the body and mind. Since of course tea is made with water, it will help keep you hydrated throughout the night as well as help with digestion. Read on for five of the best teas for sleep, and then tuck in for a restful night.
Lemon balm is one of my favorite teas for sleep. With essence of lemon, it tastes wonderful, and because it comes from the mint family, you get a slight mint flavor as well. Lemon balm soothes irritability and also acts as a natural antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent.
Rosebud tea is fragrant, has wonderful healing powers, and is amazing at helping you unwind as it calms your mind. It's a true mood booster and can aid anyone who might be juggling stress and anxiety as they try to prepare for bed.
This is an obvious and popular choice—and with good reason. Chamomile has been proven to help with insomnia because of its deeply relaxing effect. After a long day, chamomile tea will de-stress and help with anxiety. Another plus is that it's easily available to buy in shops or order in a restaurant if you don't have access to your usual favorite blends at home.
Lavender plants are packed with essential oils that have many strong effects on the body. Its scent and flavor are truly unique, making it one of the most useful ingredients in many wellness practices. Lavender tea before bed can also be used to help reduce bloating and inflammation in the body.
Valerian root tea is a useful natural sleep aid. If you're restless, this one's for you. It can assist in easing your mind and works as a light sedative. As a note, there can be side effects like headaches and nausea, so if you experience any discomfort, opt for a different herbal tea next time.
A final tip: Remember to drink your tea at least an hour before bed. Drinking even herbal teas too close to bedtime can have the opposite effect and disrupt your sleep.
Up next, read on for six foods that can cause insomnia.