Discover the Best Teas for Sleep and Anxiety Relief

man sleeping after a soothing tea.

Sleeping can be a difficult task for some people. 

Especially if you’re dealing with stress or anxiety throughout the day and night.

While certain teas are known to wake you up and keep you energised, others can help almost guarantee a fully rested sleep.

In this article, we will explore why specific teas can be such a great addition to your nighttime routine.


Why Can Certain Teas Help You Sleep?

The reasoning behind this is something called L-Theanine, an amino acid that is found in tea.

It has direct effects on the brain and helps activate pathways that lower stress.

L-Theanine creates calmness within your body.

This is why it can become easier to fall asleep.

herbal tea

Different Types of Herbal Teas Known for Their Calming Effects

Due to the immense amount of teas out there, it can be hard to know which ones you are looking for.

Below are a few teas that will allow your body to slow down and rest.


Chamomile flowers

This tea is known as a mild tranquilliser and sleep inducer. The taste is described as gentle notes of apple and a mellow sweetness.

Chamomile is particularly effective if your goal is to become tired due to its chemical structure.

Chamomile Flowers Herbal Loose Leaf Tea


African mint

This tea has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to relieve tension and reduce pain.

A lot of people recommend incorporating peppermint tea into your night-time routine to promote better sleep.

Our African mint is a combination of the gentle menthol sweetness of spearmint and green rooibos to create a refreshing blend.

African Mint Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea


Mango my days

Mango My days consist of green rooibos, mango, carrot, kombucha extract, and petals.

These ingredients result in this tea being caffeine-free, allowing you to enjoy it later in the day for some relaxation.

Mango My Days Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea


Pure life wellness

This tea is currently one of our award winners.

Our Pure Life wellness tea is a mixture of refreshing lemongrass, bamboo, orange slices, lotus blossom, and ginkgo.

This mixture creates an herbal infusion that is caffeine-free and leaves you feeling youthful.

Pure Life Wellness Herbal Loose Leaf Tea


Pure Rooibos

Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and low in tannins.

Which means it can be considered as one of the best bedtime teas.

It is incredibly smooth with a natural sweetness.

When brewed for longer, this red tea is full-bodied and rich.

Pure Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea


Teas to Avoid Before Sleeping

As you can see there are quite a few teas that are beneficial for sleep.

But certain teas can be the complete opposite.


Caffeinated Tea

It is very important to avoid caffeinated tea before bed.

Such as black, green, or white tea.

Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake for a while which is the last thing your body needs if you are trying to rest.


Tea with Added Sugar

Consuming tea with sugar can cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which can result in difficulty sleeping.

Sugar can also stimulate the brain and in some cases lead to insomnia.


Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a type of tea that is high in caffeine.

It is said to be in between green and black tea.

There is typically about 50-75 mg of caffeine per 8 oz.


Soothe Anxiety With Tea

If you find yourself feeling anxious quite often, it could be a good idea to start testing out some teas.

For example, teas made from herbs like chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm are known for their natural sedative properties. 

Tea has shown to reduce anxiety in many studies.

The reasoning for this is because tea naturally increases serotonin and melatonin levels in your body.

It is important to understand that tea should not work as a medical replacement, but can complement it.

soothing tea for anxiety.


How to Choose the Best Sleep Teas

It can be a struggle to find the ideal tea for you, so hopefully the tips below can ensure you find the one for you. 

  • Choose a tea with little to no caffeine.
  • Select teas that are well-known sleep-inducing agents, for example, chamomile.
  • Ensure you do your research about the tea and its benefits.


Find The Perfect Bedtime Tea with Leaf Tea Shop

When it comes to your bedtime ritual, there is a wide selection for you to choose from.

Now you have some insight into which teas work best, it could be the perfect opportunity for you to try some out.

At Leaf Tea Shop, we stock a wide variety of loose-leaf teas.

If you’d like to take a look at the variety of teas we offer, visit our online store to buy high-quality teas.