I go in and out of having trouble sleeping.

Sometimes I’ll sleep great for a few months, other times I’ll toss and turn for an hour, then regularly wake up throughout the night. When it’s really bad, I won’t be able to sleep at all for the entire night (thankfully that’s a rarity). I think this happens to a lot of people. I mean, who has great sleep all the time?

Because of this and a few other factors in my life, I want to improve, I started working with an amazing herbalist, Carol Little.

I’m prone to stress and anxiety, which definitely impacts how well I’m sleeping. I’m also deeply interested in herbs, herbal medicine and overall, the profound medicinal properties of herbs. My anxiety isn’t all-consuming (although it was a few months ago) but I am on a quest to always improve. That’s where Carol comes in. She’s so knowledgeable about herbs and healing, I just want to pick her brain for years. If you’re struggling with any kind of mood disorder, or anything really, you should definitely have a chat with her.

Herbs are nature’s medicine.

I believe that there is no disease on earth without a plant from mother nature to heal it. Of course, a plant or herb isn’t the end all, be all. We have to use them in conjunction with healthy lifestyles. We have to eat well, exercise, have fun, keep a positive mindset and relax! The latter being something I’m not great at.

After talking to Carol, she suggested I give organic chamomile from Traditional Medicinals a try. I began drinking two cups, one around 5 pm, one around 8 pm – no later or otherwise I’d be waking myself up to pee in the middle of the night.

Find out which herbal tea remedy is great for sleep + insomnia, it's the tea I've been drinking to help me fall asleep and stay asleep!

I add one scoop of collagen to each cup. Collagen has so many benefits, which I’ve written about here; in short, it’s great for hair, skin, nails and gut health.

I find that the chamomile is so relaxing and has become part of my nighttime routine. Creating a routine around sleep is a great idea as it signifies to your body to get ready to wind down. When I have my first cup around 5 pm, I’ve just stopped working for the day and it’s a chance to chill out and relax.

And guess what? Using chamomile as a sleep aid is backed by science. 

From the Department of Urology and Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University,

“Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain (68). Studies in preclinical models have shown anticonvulsant and CNS depressant effects respectively. Clinical trials are notable for their absence, although ten cardiac patients are reported to have immediately fallen into a deep sleep lasting for 90 minutes after drinking chamomile tea (47).” Source

And when used on postnatal women examining chamomile’s effects of sleep and depression, scientists found that,

“Compared with the control group, the experimental group demonstrated significantly lower scores of physical-symptoms-related sleep inefficiency and the symptoms of depression…Chamomile tea may be recommended to postpartum women as a supplementary approach to alleviating depression and sleep quality problems.” Source

So in lieu of immediately resorting to dangerous prescription sleep aids, it’s worth trying chamomile tea.

So many different factors affect sleep, including stress, sedentary lifestyles, diet, napping, caffeine and so much more.

Here are a few of my favorite tips for getting better sleep (that actually work):

  • Find out which herbal tea remedy is great for sleep + insomnia, it's the tea I've been drinking to help me fall asleep and stay asleep!Avoid coffee altogether. I recently found out that 51% of the population is ineffective at processing caffeine. Instead, switch to green tea or dandy blend. And don’t consume caffeine past noon.
  • Don’t take naps during the day. This can be hard, but even short naps can throw off your sleep cycle. If you absolutely have to nap, set an alarm for twenty minutes.
  • Exercise! Ideally, lift some heavy stuff and get a good sweat session in. But even walking will help.
  • Take a relaxing bath before bed with Epsom salt (magnesium helps you sleep as well) and lavender essential oil.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before bed. Eat a balanced meal around 7 pm.
  • Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This is huge. It’s made such a difference for me. I’m in bed by 10 pm reading, asleep by 11, and my alarm is set every single day for 7 am. Even on weekends.
  • Don’t watch TV or get on your computer before bed. Read a book! Bonus points if it’s boring!
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  1. Hi Dani!

    Do you find that this tea works better for you in comparison to the chamomile and lavender tea?

  2. I do the same except I double bag the last cup. It works very well for me. I suffer from fibro and if I wake up in the middle of the night I realize the pain and can’t get comfortable!!! I also take magnesium and spray magnesium oil on the bottom of my feet when I go to bed. Takes me through the night.

  3. I like the traditional medicinals Nighty Night blend. It helps me go to and stay asleep. It also has the camomile and it tastes great!

  4. Hello I’m glad I found this I just started camomile tea last night I have anxiety: panic attacks. Took Ativan about 3 time since Saturday. However the camomile worked really well for relaxation but my brain kept me up. Any suggestions with that. Should I increase my camomile tea only had 1 cup. Also I peed on myself.. Weird never had that happen. Too relaxed maybe?

  5. I love Coffee. I drink 6-7 time in a day and I always feel like I’m tired and exhausted. I was didn’t take proper sleep because I don’t feel sleepy but this is a reason my health is getting low.
    I Read your article and thanks for this article because I want to sleep but I can’t now I know what is the reason behind this.Now I am aware What to do or what not.

    Thanks a Bundle!!

  6. To live healthily and well it’s required a good sleep. like healthy foods sleep is also required to live healthily. sleepless people get more depressed than the normal people and their life became unhappy and unhealthy. thank you, Dani, to give the whole list it’s can help many people live and its all are good options.

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