SlowSleep had already dealt with the relationship between food and sleep, now it’s the turn of drinks!
If it is obvious that you must not drink stimulating or energizing drinks before going to sleep, if it also is advisable not to drink alcohol, let us try to understand what is instead indicated to relax body, mind and spirit in order to foster an real restful sleep.
No, unfortunately, tea is not recommended: Englishmen and other fans must get over it; tea is a stimulating drink …
- Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm has a relaxing action on the muscles and it calms the nervous system: it is axiolitic and sleep inducing. The main components are polyphenol acids (rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid), essential oil and flavonoid. It is ideal for those whose sleep is disturbed by anxiety and worries
- Passion flower
Passion Flower helps physical relax and sooths cramps and pain. It is rich in flavonoid, harmala alkaloids, maltol and fat acids. It is the appropriate herbal tea for those who suffer from tachycardia
This is the best known amongst the plants which help sleep and is considered the natural tranquillizer par excellence. The root and root stock contain valerenic acids. It can be a valid help against insomnia and “heavy” thoughts
Not only beer; you should not be amazed, because hop is a well-known plant in pharmacopoeia as it contains flavonoid, chalcone, terpenoids and tannins. Very effective in dealing with insomnia and the disorders associated to anxiety
Sweet, aromatic and delicate, lavender can help the nervous system. Lavender contains linalyl acetate, linalool, lavandulyl acetate, tannins and flavonoid. It is a panacea for those who are nervous and suffer from stress
Your physician or a reliable herbalist shop should be addressed to be safe and evaluate whether or not to consume such substances in case of pregnancy or particular diseases.
Having said so, all we have to do is to wish you sweet dreams, hopefully on a good mattress.