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There are just as many compelling wellness reasons to clock a restful seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night as there are forces working against that goal–from the blue light we’re exposed to on the reg, to pandemic-era stress and a non-stop news cycle spiking levels of “corona-somnia.” While adapting healthy sleep-hygiene habits (like avoiding doom-scrolling at night and practicing a consistent sleep pattern) can certainly help, being able to actually fall asleep fast once you’re horizontal is another way to boost your sleep quality. And teas steeped with natural drowsiness-inducing herbs, like WelleCo’s Sleep Welle fortified calming tea, can help you do just that.
Essentially, the more quickly you can fall asleep once your head hits the pillow, the more minutes (or hours) you’ll be able to clock toward that overall sleep-time goal–and, perhaps more importantly, the sooner your body can dive into the deeper stages of REM sleep (which support cognition and memory-processing). In fact, it’s when you don’t get enough of that quality REM sleep that you end up feeling really out of it the next day.
All of that’s to say, a tea like WelleCo’s Sleep Welle that helps you doze off more quickly can also, in turn, usher your body more efficiently toward those dreamy, restful stages of sleep we all so desperately need. And that’s mostly thanks to its sleepiness-prompting herbal ingredients, as well as the calming ritual involved in brewing yourself a cuppa.
Among its vegan and gluten-free list of ingredients, you’ll find the herbs valerian root, which, in some research on insomnia, has had a positive effect on sleep quality; hops, which has demonstrated promising anti-depressive and anti-stress effects; and skullcap, a sedative shown to improve mood in those with mild anxiety. (It’s worth noting that you should check in with your doctor if you’re currently taking medications for depression, stress, or anxiety in order to rule out any negative interactions with this tea.)
While the above trio of sleep-supportive herbs may be enough to kickstart your journey to dreamland, the WelleCo sleep tea’s ingredient list also includes a couple herbs within a category called nervines–which herbalist and founder of Supernatural Rachelle Robinett recommends for their immediate and cumulative stress-melting benefits–including both passionflower and lemon balm. “Lemon balm can help emotionally cleanse you–and many times can inspire joy,” Robinett previously told Well+Good. And that mood boost can serve you particularly well at night if spiraling thoughts are the thing to keep you from drifting off.
It’s the citrus-y flavor of lemon balm swirled with natural mango flavoring that gives the WelleCo sleep tea its bright, refreshing taste that’s pleasant enough to sip straight or with a dash of honey, if you like a little pre-bedtime sweet. Just infuse one or two tea bags in hot water for anywhere from two to 10 minutes, depending on how potent you’d like it to be.
To up its powers, work it into a regular nighttime routine of unwinding before bed, perhaps brewing it while you read a chapter of a book, journal, or do some other restful, non-tech activity. With time, that’ll help signal to your body and brain–before you even do so much as pull back the covers–that the day is over, shuttling you toward all the restorative rewards of a good night’s sleep.
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