Can you think of a better way to unwind at the end of a long day than by curling up with a warm mug of tea in your hands and soaking in the soothing aroma of perfectly blended herbal excellence? We didn’t think so! Everyone deserves the promise of peaceful dreams, so we’ve curated a list of the best sleepy teas specifically formulated to kick insomnia and stress to the curb.
Sips by is a personalized tea discovery subscription. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Subscribers receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more here.
Some teas contain certain herbs with medicinal benefits and aromatherapeutic properties that have been used for centuries to reduce stress, induce sleep, relieve headaches, and even naturally improve your quality of sleep when used over time. Herbal teas proven to aid in better sleep contain chamomile, valerian root, lavender, lemon balm, and passionflower - or a combination of several of these ingredients and more.
Chamomile is often a base in sleep tea because it contains the antioxidant apigenin, which connects to the brain receptors that decrease anxiety and induce the feeling of sleepiness. Valerian root functions similarly as a sleep aid, as it increases the neurotransmitters that combat insomnia and anxiety. Recent studies have shown that passionflower, especially when combined with some of these other herbs, can also be effective in improving sleep quality. The floral fragrance of lavender and fresh citrus aroma of lemon balm also have a proven calming effect that eases you into restorative rest.
BEST NIGHT TIME TEAS
We narrowed our top rated selection of teas down to eight of the best caffeine-free sleepy teas you’ll find to soothe frayed nerves, relax your body and mind, and help you fall asleep faster.
FAERIE GARDEN (DRYAD TEA)
Faerie Garden by Dryad Tea is an otherworldly treat to your senses. Mint, lavender and cinnamon all blend to create a tea that is delightful to the nose as well as the mouth. As a bonus, this tea is also a tummy calmer for those upset stomach days and a before bedtime soother.
ENJOY REST (TEAMOTIONS)
Want to feel pampered? Enjoy Rest and relax with this calming blend of chamomile and rooibos, warm cinnamon, and tasty apple with ashwagandha crafted by Teamotions.
CHAMOMILE LAVENDER (ASHEVILLE TEA CO)
Chamomile Lavender by Asheville Tea Co is a lovely blend crafted with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. It's not only calming and stress-relieving, but also contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
TUSCAN DREAMS (TEA FIORI)
Tuscan Dreams by Tea Fiori is a relaxing, soothing blend of herbs, fruits and flowers that will transport you to a sunny Italian countryside and help your stresses drift away. Made with real apple pieces, lemon balm, lavender blossoms and rose petals, this tea is as colorful and imaginative as your dreams.
REPOSE (STEEP ECHO)
Repose by Steep Echo creates a spirit of gratitude to accompany this tranquil blend of the finest organic olive leaf, calming chamomile, linden and delicate floral blossoms harvested by hand at peak season. Indulge in this calming blend of natural botanicals and soothing rose to complement stolen moments of relaxation and respite.
DEEP SLEEP (CROOKED CROWS)
Continuous stress and overactive nerves contribute to sleepless nights, but Deep Sleep was formulated by Crooked Crows to combat several factors which prevent restful sleep. Ashwagandha, California poppy, and lavender are all nervine tonics which help restore nerves to a calm state, relax, ease, and sedate the mind and body. Lemon balm and passionflower are universally calming to all body systems, and linden flowers and gotu kola ease muscle tension and put the body in a physically relaxed state in preparation for sleep. All herbs in this tea blend were selected to help the body not only fall asleep, but stay asleep.
Put down that phone, switch off your laptop, sit down, feet up, breathe deep, close your eyes...What?! No time for all that pre-bedtime relaxation? Then put on the kettle and enjoy Snooze by teapigs, a soothing blend of apple, lavender and chamomile, known to support healthy sleep. Light, a little sweet and flowery. Off to sleep you go. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
VALERIAN ZZZs SLEEP TEA (TEA AND I)
Drink a cup of Valerian ZZZs Sleep Tea before bed and you’ll be ready to catch up on those ZZZs. Let the stresses of the day, anxiety, and insomnia disappear as you sip this delicious, caffeine-free tea made with organic chamomile, rooibos, spearmint, and lemongrass, a calming blend of organic ingredients known to promote tranquility. Plus, the added valerian root allows you to slip into the deep, restorative sleep your mind and body is craving.
SLEEP TEA BOX
Get ready to sail off into dreamland, because the Sleep Tea Box is filled with teas to help you get a calm, restful night's sleep. These highly-rated teas include relaxing ingredients like valerian root, chamomile, lemon balm, and tulsi. No need to count sheep anymore - just sip on one of these delicious teas before bed time and let the feeling of relaxation drift over you as your eyelids grow heavier. Before you know it, it'll be morning! The teas included in this box are all caffeine-free.
Interested in trying these teas and others? Subscribers receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more here.
About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.