The simplest, most inexpensive way to wind down after a long, tiring day is with a cup of tea. No matter the season or the reason, it’s not an accident that even characters on television are pictured during times of stress and unrest with a mug of steaming herbal goodness. And one of the best benefits of a tea habit is better sleep. Here, we’ve rounded up the best teas to lure you to dreamland in a variety of flavors.
This classic enjoys a long reign! You’ll probably recognize this iconic pajama-clad bear and calming herbal flavor. The original Sleepytime Tea hit shelves in 1972 and sells over 4 million boxes a year. To unwind, enjoy a cup of this relaxing herbal mix of chamomile and spearmint spiked with trusted sleep aid valerian root.
Noted health enthusiast Tim Ferriss mentions in his latest book, “Tools of Titans,” that this tea made him so tired he felt like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the sleeping pills scene in “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” A cup before bed will prepare you for the sweetest of dreams.
You can always find a snoozy tea blended with chamomile or lavender. But if your palate is craving the exotic fruity variety, get down with a cup of this romantic blend of mint, apple and gooseberries. The loose leaf looks pretty housed in a clear canister, as well.
This cheeky brand may be bossy (the description on its website instructs you to stop stalking your ex on social media and get your beauty rest), but this chamomile, lemongrass and lavender blend gets the job done.
The Sleepytime bear has competition for cutest tired-tea mascot: This Dream Catcher owl is seriously adorable. Another organic option, this one features lemon balm, chamomile, orange peel, skullcap, and even catnip so you can snooze with the wild abandon of your furry pets.
If falling asleep is just as much an issue as staying asleep, Full Leaf’s Sleeping TranquiliTea iteration is your tea. Formulated to calm the body and mind and give you a restful night’s sleep, this blend combines organic herbs in a perfect ratio. Sleeping TranquiliTea boasts a light minty taste with the soothing flavors of rooibos, chamomile, and lavender combining to make a deep and earthy herbal blend.
Counting sheep is one way to go about it. Or you could go defcon 5. Gaia’s box notes in bold letters to keep this tea away from children, so you know this is a grown up solution. Here, passionflower, lemon balm, licorice, and chamomile taste like nearly nothing. It’s great for those who aren’t into an herbal flavor.
If organic tea is your preference, Pukka’s a great option. The Night Time Tea boasts a licorice flavor that’s super subtle, so don’t fret that you’ll be consuming a liquid Twizzler. Oatflower, chamomile, tulsi, lavender, and lime flower blend to whisk you off to dreamland, stat. This one is good after a meal, as it doesn’t compete flavorwise.