Does Drinking Chamomile Tea Really Help People Fall Asleep?

Chamomile is an herb that has been utilised for centuries, dating back to ancient Egypt, to treat a number of issues. Today, it is widely used for sleeping. It’s very easily accessible in pretty much all supermarkets, large retail stores, and drug stores. You can buy it already in a tea bag or you can make one yourself. Once consumed, the apigenin goes to work. It’s a phenolic flavonoid that is linked with sleep and tranquility enhancing effects. The best part about it is that it does not contain caffeine!

What Is Chamomile Tea Good For?

The scientific name for it is Matricaria recutita and it’s used by a lot of natural healers to treat a wide range of health issues such as inflamed gums, infections, rashes, muscle spasms, colds, and digestive disorders. Today, it’s mostly used to combat insomnia, reduce anxiety and elevate your mood. There have been a number of benefits and here’s the best part for those who are worried about their diets or too many calories, this drink only contains two calories, two milligrams of sodium and absolutely no cholesterol. The proven effects of improvement of certain health conditions of this drink include:

  • Reduction of anxiety and depression
  • Allergy fighter
  • Insomnia Cure
  • Wounds
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural arthritis cure
  • Hemorrhoids
  • PMS
  • Muscle spasms
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

There may be more lingering around, but these are the main ones that have been 100% proven effective.

“But Very few studies have analyzed the effect of chamomile tea [on sleep]. For insomnia, there are modest benefits,” Zhou said, referring to a study on people with chronic insomnia. Participants in the 28-day study took a capsule twice per day that contained either chamomile extract or a placebo. Though the study was small, it was randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled, so researchers are reasonably sure the results they saw were due only to the interactions between the chemicals in the chamomile extract and the participants’ bodies. The study didn’t find conclusive evidence that chamomile helped participants sleep better than the control group.  A 2017 study found that elderly patients who took a larger dose of chamomile extract than that given in the 2011 study slept significantly better than study participants who did not take the chamomile extract.

Sleep quality is affected by a huge number of factors, including stress at home or at work, looking at bright screens in the hours before bed, and even the physiological stress of a hot day endured without air conditioning. As many insomniacs know, worrying about sleep can keep the mind going and make it even harder to fall asleep. A cup of chamomile tea can help you sleep if you believe that it will, Zhou said. This doesn’t work by sending positive vibes into the universe; it’s a simple feedback loop. If someone thought they were doing something to help them sleep, “they would feel less stressed about their sleep,” said Zhou, who is also an attending psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. And if drinking tea before bed helps you calm down, then the practice may also help you fall asleep.

In other words, don’t let the clinical literature stop you from enjoying a nice cup before bed.