Did you know the term "beauty sleep" has merit, as a good night's sleep can mean better skin health because when you sleep, levels of the stress hormone cortisol drop during sleep time, which helps skin repair daytime damage. and then the body can also make more natural collagen, which minimizes fine lines, recovers elasticity and more human growth hormone is released increasing muscle mass and strengthening skin and improving texture. So, when you're sleep-deprived, your body naturally makes more of the stress hormone cortisol, and elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body and in turn hurting your skin's quality, add stress and even weight-gain.
When you sleep, your body also boosts blood flow to the skin, which means you wake to a healthy glow. So, the lesson here? Skimp on sleep and your complexion could look drab, ashen, or lifeless. The solution? To get those Zzzz's and get a better night’s sleep try drinking certain herbal teas – yes tea!!!
Actually there are many herbal teas known as sleep remedies to assist with relaxation, improving sleep quality, and reducing insomnia, and tea is a natural remedy and choice that you can easily take before bedtime…
So which teas help with sleep? Here’s a little list for you:-
Chamomile tea is probably the most well known sleep-inducing tea and near the top of any bedtime tea list. For years, Chamomile Tea has been used as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation and anxiety and treat insomnia, in fact, chamomile is often regarded as a mild tranquiliser or sleep inducer! Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.
Lavender tea is also another commonly known herbal tea that many people drink to relax, settle their nerves, and aid with sleep. The calming effect of lavender when consumed, along with the scent both assist in relaxation. A good cup to have right before bed.
Then, there’s Valerian tea, which is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat problems like insomnia, nervousness, and headaches, and is one of the most popular herbal sleep aids around the world.
And this list wouldn’t be complete without Lemon Balm tea and Passionflower tea which are both also both known as great herbal teas to assist in relaxation, to reduce insomnia and induce sleepiness! Passionflower tea contains a flavone commonly found in honey that induces calmness and soothes muscles and when combined with other teas, like Lemon Balm and Chamomile, Passionflower can have mild to moderate effects on insomnia and sleep disturbance disorders.
So perhaps try and give herbal teas a go next time you’re counting sheep…. And keep some in your cupboard ready to sip to get your beauty sleep on!
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