Updated: Feb 2
I've spent many years walking around bleary-eyed, zombie-like, and crabby all because of a lack of sleep. Seeking to sleep like a baby.
I did a little research into this and discovered that I was not alone. It's a common problem for millions and people spend thousands in search of a good night's rest.
In fact, according to the CDC, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress. They also state that 1 in 3 Americans don't get enough sleep! WOW!
So, last night was one of those nights that I couldn't seem to settle down and quiet my mind. That's when I went to the kitchen and brewed myself a cup of Sterling Tea's Quiet Slumber. Brenda Meyers, the owner of Sterling Tea, blended this specifically to address sleep problems of her own. As the name suggests, Quiet Slumber helps to promote a restful night in dreamland! It contains a specific herb, Valerian Root.
Valerian Root is most commonly used for sleep disorders particularly insomnia. Valerian root is often referred to as nature's Valium and has been used since ancient times to promote relaxation and tranquility. I learned via Healthline.com that Valerian root works with the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and research has shown that raising GABA levels decreases chronic stress and promotes a better night of rest. Rest is crucial in maintaining good health.
Another helpful herb in this blend is Passionflower. Passionflower has been used for centuries to aid calm and reduce anxiety. Together with Valerian Root, they create a powerful duo to help reduce everyday stress and nerves, helping sing you to sleep. Quiet Slumber has helped me and I know Brenda in our quest for a better night's sleep.
Another Sterling Tea tea that helps with relaxation is Herbal Spa. This was one of Brenda's first herbal blends alongside Quiet Slumber and both have remained some of our best sellers. Herbal Spa contains lavender and chamomile. Both powerful herbs help calm you and encourage a sense of well being.
Lavender is an herb that not only smells amazing and has been used since ancient times. While our Herbal spa is brewing, the smell of lavender and rose petals regale the nose with its pure aromas. It is these smell receptors that send messages to the brain that can affect your mood. I devoted an entire blog to the wonders of lavender at "The Bliss of Lavender". Taking lavender via tea has been used to manage sleeplessness and anxiety helping to fall asleep and stay asleep not to mention a variety of other uses.
Chamomile contains antioxidants and binds to certain receptors in your brain that may help encourage sleepiness and reduce insomnia. I've used chamomile tea for years to help me with anxiety and restlessness but as I started to learn more about this delightful herb, I discovered there have been many studies suggesting that chamomile does indeed assist people with chronic sleep problems.
These herbs are also what is known as adaptogens. These are natural, botanical substances. Many are familiar with Turmeric and Ginger but there are so many others and endless uses for these helpful herbs. They help us balance, restore, and protect our bodies from physical and mental stress.
The next time you have trouble sleeping, brew a soothing cup of our Quiet Slumber or Herbal Spa. Both are delicious and both may help you ease into dreamland for a restorative night's rest. Sweet Dreams!
Sleep well, Be well, and Drink More Tea!