Yes, the English love their tea! But while builders tea ruled the roost for decades, herbal teas such as chamomile, pepperment, and valerian have been making a comeback, and some of our favourite household brands have developed their own sleep-inducing concoctions using natural and organic ingredients.
From Twinings to Clipper, Sleepytime tea to Tetley, everyone's trying their hand at creating teas to help you destress, unwind and hopefully, fall asleep! We've researched the ingredients, the brewing times, the flavours and the effectiveness of the most popular sleepy teas on the market, and created this guide to help you snooze.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of teas for sleep available and understand how our ranking was determined.
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Snooze Sleepy Tea With Lavender
Organic Night Time Tea
Organic Sleep Easy Infusion
Organic Herbal Sleep Tea
Sleep Tight Loose Herbal Tea
Loose Leaf Deep Sleep Tea
Snore & Peace
Bedtime Brew Tea Bags
The Pyramid Tea That's the Best of Both Worlds
A Valerian-Boosted Tea to Calm an Anxious Mind
A Sweeter Treat With a Dash of Cinnamon and Orange
Great for the Colder Months With Warming Spiced Apple and Vanilla
An All-Natural Organic Blend Packed With Fruits and Spices
The Loose-Leaf Tea Made Using Lemon-Balm, Rose and Jasmine
Giftable Loose Leaf Deep Sleep Tea With Powerful Antioxidants
The Classic Brew That Has Been Putting Us to Sleep for Decades
The Floral Choice With a Heady Aroma
The Tasty Alternative to Caffeinated Tea With Milk
|Ingredients||Lavender, apple, chamomile||Licorice, chamomile, lavender, lime flower, valerian root, tulsi Leaf||Chamomile, lemon balm, valerian root||Passionflower, apple, chamomile, cinnamon, cardamom, coves, vanilla||Camomile based with apple, lemongrass, fennel, caraway balm, cacao nibs||Lemonbalm, lavender, jasmine blossoms, rose petals||Lemongrass, peppermint, camomile, rosehip, spearmint, valerian root, hibiscus, cornflower petals||Chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds||Chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass, fennel, rose hip, spearmint and lavender||Decaffeinated black tea, lemon balm, lemongrass, nutmeg|
|Brewing Time||3-5 minutes||5-15 minutes||5 minutes||3 minutes||3-4 minutes||2-3 minutes||3-5 minutes||5-10 minutes||2-3 minutes||4-5 minutes|
|Flavour||Light & floral||Sweet & soothing||Fruity & spicy||Sweet & spicy||Sweet & sour||Sweet & floral||Lemon notes||Herby & minty||Floral & refreshing||Sweet|
Chamomile is the base of most sleep teas. It has mild tranquillising properties and has been proven to induce sleep. Chamomile is packed with antioxidants which also help to decrease anxiety and calm uneasy minds before bed.
Chamomile tea has long been the original go-to when it comes to sleep-inducing teas, and there is a good reason for that! The benefits of this superpower tea include lowering blood sugar levels, reducing inflammation, treating cold symptoms, slowing down osteoporosis, assisting with menstrual pain, and more.
Valerian root isn't as common as chamomile but has been used for hundreds of years to treat sleep problems like insomnia from an over-anxious mind. It is said to work by increasing levels in a neurotransmitter called GABA, which, when elevated, makes you feel sleepy.
If falling asleep is a common problem for you, Valerian root may be the solution to your insomnia. It is sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s valium’ because of its calming and sleep-inducing properties.
It is known for reducing anxiety and stress and allowing you to fall asleep faster and into a long sleep, thus improving your sleep quality. It has also been found to help with symptoms of menopause.
Lemon balm has a refreshing citrusy smell but actually belongs to the mint family. It has been used for centuries to reduce stress and improve sleep, as well as to aid digestion. It works in the same way as valerian by increasing levels in your GABA.
Research shows that lemon balm acts as a mild sedative which can help ease symptoms of insomnia. It is one of the sleep-inducing teas that can be considered as safe for drinking during pregnancy, though it is recommended to talk to your doctor if you are at all unsure.
Lemon balm tree is another excellent option for sleepy teas, and a bonus of this tea is that it is safe for use during pregnancy. This can be especially useful as pregnancy is known for causing issues with sleep quality for the expectant mum.
Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm is a great option to try because it is both caffeine-free and organic.
Lavender is another herb used for its relaxing effects. It has a floral, soothing scent which has been known to calm people with its aroma alone. Lavender tea can be consumed to help settle nerves and prepare the mind and body for sleep.
Lavender is known for having a calming and soothing effect, and so it’s commonly found in many teas designed for bedtime.
Drinking lavender tea has been found to improve sleep quality and breathing airways, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, help with digestion, and aid with overall detoxification of the body through clearing free radicals.
Passionflower has been traditionally used in teas to help alleviate anxiety and aid sleep. It has even been linked to improve insomnia and significantly improve quality of sleep. Interestingly, reports have shown passionflower to be just as effective as some pharmaceutical alternatives such as Ambien, known in the UK as Zolpidem.
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Passionflower tea is another great option if your anxiety and stress prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Passionflower is known to help with anxiety and ADHD, menstrual pain, digestive pain, heart rhythm problems, and it can even be helpful on burns to the skin.
Teabags are the most popular form of tea, especially when it comes to supermarkets. They are especially useful for those looking for convenience as the tea is already portioned out and popped in a handy little bag. Sometimes when you're struggling to sleep, the last thing you want to think about is adding more time to your routine.
The tea which goes into a teabag is often created using the CTC method: crush, tear and curl. This method means that the tea leaves are no longer whole, which some say reduces the quality of the tea and creates a bitter taste. That said, teabags are usually the most cost-effective option.
That being said, pyramid tea bags will offer you the best of both worlds as these tend to be much more porous than the average bag giving a deeper and more concentrated flavour as you would with loose leaf.
Loose-leaf tea, on the other hand, is usually packaged in one large bag or resealable tin. This tea hasn't been portioned out for you, so the preparation and clean-up times are a little longer. You will also need to buy additional accessories such as teapots and strainers. But the best thing about picking a loose tea is that it gives you the flexibility of personalisation.
A bag or tin of loose-leaf tea is usually filled with whole leaves, meaning the quality and taste are a little superior to the tea in teabags. No wasteful plastics or cotton are used in the packaging, and with loose leaf, you can even buy a few and mix them yourself to create your own signature brew!
Sometimes it can be easier to find pure ingredients in loose-leaf teas rather than classic tea bags (which can be blended). When you opt for loose leaf tea, you are also keeping the quality and potency of the ingredients relatively high, meaning you could potentially be drinking more effective sleepy tea.
The drawback to this option is the added cleaning up and the additional equipment you may need to purchase.
Not all teas require the same amount of preparation time. Depending on the type of tea, creating the optimum brew can take anywhere from a couple of minutes to a whopping 15 minutes. So if speed is of concern, check the brewing time on the packet before you purchase.
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This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Ingredients||Lavender, apple, chamomile|
|Brewing Time||3-5 minutes|
|Flavour||Light & floral|
|Ingredients||Licorice, chamomile, lavender, lime flower, valerian root, tulsi Leaf|
|Brewing Time||5-15 minutes|
|Flavour||Sweet & soothing|
|Ingredients||Chamomile, lemon balm, valerian root|
|Brewing Time||5 minutes|
|Flavour||Fruity & spicy|
|Ingredients||Passionflower, apple, chamomile, cinnamon, cardamom, coves, vanilla|
|Brewing Time||3 minutes|
|Flavour||Sweet & spicy|
|Ingredients||Camomile based with apple, lemongrass, fennel, caraway balm, cacao nibs|
|Brewing Time||3-4 minutes|
|Flavour||Sweet & sour|
|Ingredients||Lemonbalm, lavender, jasmine blossoms, rose petals|
|Brewing Time||2-3 minutes|
|Flavour||Sweet & floral|
|Ingredients||Lemongrass, peppermint, camomile, rosehip, spearmint, valerian root, hibiscus, cornflower petals|
|Brewing Time||3-5 minutes|
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|Ingredients||Chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds|
|Brewing Time||5-10 minutes|
|Flavour||Herby & minty|
|Ingredients||Chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass, fennel, rose hip, spearmint and lavender|
|Brewing Time||2-3 minutes|
|Flavour||Floral & refreshing|
|Ingredients||Decaffeinated black tea, lemon balm, lemongrass, nutmeg|
|Brewing Time||4-5 minutes|
Written and researched by Roxy Pratley
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