Nowadays, we are exposed to a number of daily worries. Politics, economics, security and illnesses are themes that haunt us even in our dreams… when we manage to sleep.
An investigation indicates that adults suffer from some problem related to sleep at some point in their lives.
If you find yourself in this group, don’t worry! We share with you the best infusions to sleep like a baby. Enjoy a rich and comforting hot drink, eliminate anxiety and fall asleep easily.
The best teas for sleep
At Infusionismo, we like to discover the main benefits of each plant in order to take advantage of them through infusions. On this occasion, we present to you those infusions that have relaxing and anxiolytic properties and, therefore, can help you put aside your worries and sleep like a baby.
Recommended by grandmothers, tila infusion has proven sedative properties that help us “slow down the revolutions”.
Although human studies are scarce, animal research indicates that linden extracts mimic the activity of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a substance that inhibits arousal in the nervous system, thus promoting relaxation.
Prepare your cup of linden by bringing the water to a boil and infusing a teaspoon of linden leaves for 3 minutes. Drink before going to bed to sleep better.
Lavender is famous for its relaxing effect. In fact, for this reason, it is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy and for massages. Now, does the infusion also have this benefit?
Different investigations have shown that lavender is anxiolytic, sedative, analgesic, and mood stabilizer. For this reason, its infusion as well as its essential oil are traditionally used as a natural remedy to sleep better and treat insomnia.
A postpartum study found no significant improvement when comparing women who took placebo to those who drank lavender tea. However, those who regularly consume this drink insist on ensuring that they fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer, thus improving the quality of their rest.
Steep lavender flowers for at least 5 minutes in boiling water. Strain and drink. If you wish, you can sweeten with honey.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most exotic infusions to sleep like a baby that we have found. Those who have tried it assure that it is perfect to relax the muscles and the mind, thus being a good option to drink before going to bed.
To prepare it, remove the ends of the banana and, without peeling it, add it to the pot of boiling water. Let it cook for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let it sit for another 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
Dried or fresh poppy pods can be infused to improve sleep. Its content of opiate alkaloids (substances also present in morphine) help fight insomnia.
Lemon balm infusion
Lemon balm is another of the most used infusions to calm anxiety. For this reason, it can be useful to help relax the mind to sleep well, especially when we face moments of great stress.
You will need about 5g per cup of boiling water. The rest is quite long (at least 8 minutes) and the ideal time of consumption, of course, before sleeping.
Hops have anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties, in addition to acting as a muscle relaxant. Its infusion acts on the nervous system, generating a total sensation of peace.
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried hop flowers for every 250 ml of boiled water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
Another of the most famous infusions to combat problems at bedtime is valerian. By helping to lower anxiety levels, different publications have indicated that it improves the quality of sleep.
Ashwagandha is a plant known as Indian ginseng and has been used for hundreds of years to treat anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue and difficulty sleeping, among other ailments.
To prepare this infusion at home, you need 6 g of ashwagandha root for every two cups of boiling water. Make the decoction for approximately 15 minutes, strain and enjoy.
Although these infusions are usually made with a single plant, it is possible to combine two or three of those mentioned above to enhance their properties. Thus, you could prepare an infusion of valerian and hops that will help you, on the one hand, to relax and forget tensions and, on the other, to relieve stress and fall asleep.