Chamomile tea is a herbal tea made from dried chamomile flowers. This tea is used for treating several health ailments including inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, inflammation and fever.
Along with these health benefits, it also helps to sleep better by calming your nerve and reducing anxiety.
How does chamomile tea helps you to sleep better?
Acting as a Sedative
Chamomile tea has been used for centuries to induce sedation(calming effect) and treat insomnia. It contains a chemical called flavonoid which is regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Also, compounds other than flavonoid present in chamomile bind BDZ and GABA receptors in the brain which produce the sedative effect.
Chamomile is found to reduce anxiety in people with mild to moderate general anxiety disorder(GAD). Studies have shown that, chamomile has anticonvulsant effect (treats epileptic seizures and mood swing) and CNS depressant effect (sedatives and tranquilizers, are substances that can slow brain activity).
In conclusion, chamomile tea reduces anxiety, relaxes nerves and muscles and treats several sleep problems including nightmares and insomnia.
Absence of Caffeine helps sleep better
Caffeine is a stimulant which makes you more alert. It decrease your sleep time significantly, increase number of awakenings and mean total intervening wakefulness.
Chamomile tea doesn't contain caffeine. You can drink chamomile tea before bed and don't have to worry about waking up in the night.
How much chamomile tea should you drink?
There is no standard dose on how much chamomile tea one should drink. People generally drink 1-4 cup of chamomile tea. Also, you can drink chamomile tea before bed without worrying about waking up.