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These Are the Best Bedtime Teas to Help You Fall Asleep Faster

Prevention Logo By Alyssa Jung, Arielle Weg of Prevention | Slide 1 of 9: Blackout curtains? Check. White noise machine? Own it. Lavender pillow spray? Tried it. Despite all your best efforts, you still can’t fall asleep. Well, there's one pre-bed ritual that just might do the trick: a cup of relaxing tea. Certain herbal teas are said to promote good sleep by calming, soothing, and relaxing the mind and body. So, we've rounded up the best bedtime teas that will have you drifting off in no time.What you put in your body can play a major role in how you sleep. In fact, anything from a keto and paleo, to high fat or vegetarian, can impact catching quality Z’s, explains Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and a fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Plus, certain nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, B vitamins, and certain amino acids can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, adds Robin Foroutan, M.S., R.D.N., an integrative dietitian. These nutrients are crucial for making calming hormones, like serotonin, that help us get the quality sleep we’re looking for, she says. But if you’re struggling to catch some Z’s, turning to tea can be a great first step in getting your body prepared for bed. “I think it’s always a good idea to test out natural remedies to improve a problem first, and herbs can be really potent and powerful,” Foroutan says. “Herbal teas can be a really great way to try and use an herbal remedy for sleep.”It’s important to note that using sleep teas to combat insomnia or other difficulties sleeping is not a cure-all, and though sipping tea before bed won’t harm you, Breus emphasizes that it won’t cure any underlying sleep problem you may have. Give these eight teas a try to help you hit the hay and get snoozing—and while you’re at it, try out our tried and true natural sleep aids

Blackout curtains? Check. White noise machine? Own it. Lavender pillow spray? Tried it. Despite all your best efforts, you still can’t fall asleep. Well, there's one pre-bed ritual that just might do the trick: a cup of relaxing tea. Certain herbal teas are said to promote good sleep by calming, soothing, and relaxing the mind and body. So, we've rounded up the best bedtime teas that will have you drifting off in no time.

What you put in your body can play a major role in how you sleep. In fact, anything from a keto and paleo, to high fat or vegetarian, can impact catching quality Z’s, explains Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and a fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Plus, certain nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, B vitamins, and certain amino acids can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, adds Robin Foroutan, M.S., R.D.N., an integrative dietitian. These nutrients are crucial for making calming hormones, like serotonin, that help us get the quality sleep we’re looking for, she says.

But if you’re struggling to catch some Z’s, turning to tea can be a great first step in getting your body prepared for bed. “I think it’s always a good idea to test out natural remedies to improve a problem first, and herbs can be really potent and powerful,” Foroutan says. “Herbal teas can be a really great way to try and use an herbal remedy for sleep.”

It’s important to note that using sleep teas to combat insomnia or other difficulties sleeping is not a cure-all, and though sipping tea before bed won’t harm you, Breus emphasizes that it won’t cure any underlying sleep problem you may have. Give these eight teas a try to help you hit the hay and get snoozing—and while you’re at it, try out our tried and true natural sleep aids

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