Use Rooibos as a Natural Sleep Remedy

Make a Warm Cup of Rooibos a Wintertime Habit for Catching More Zzz’s

For some, getting eight hours of sleep every night is easier said than done. Especially in winter, when the lack of daylight hours can confuse your sleep/wake cycle.

Stress and anxiety also disrupt sleep, which can lead to sleep deprivation or insomnia if not addressed. Interventions like meditation, regular exercise, getting enough sunshine and a healthy bedtime routine, which incorporates a cup of Rooibos, could lead to a blissful night’s rest.

While there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports Rooibos’ stress-relieving properties, science now backs it up as well.

The unique antioxidants found in Rooibos lowers the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body, thereby calming the mind and promoting sleep. It works by triggering a chemical reaction in the brain, which helps to calm the nervous system, leading to relaxation.

Rooibos also contains magnesium and calcium – both minerals which play a role in sleep. Studies published in the European Neurology Journal confirm that calcium levels spike during deep sleep. The brain uses calcium to manufacture the sleeping hormone, melatonin, which enhances the quality of your sleep. Other research has shown that magnesium deficiency can also lead to chronic insomnia (inability to sleep). Magnesium is also known as nature’s tranquiliser and has a calming effect on your nervous system encouraging deep sleep.

Another plus is that Rooibos has no downsides, unlike sleeping pills, which often have undesirable side effects. The tisane is also completely caffeine-free so won’t keep you up at night like coffee or black tea would.

Combining a soothing bedtime routine, with a cup of Rooibos is sure to set the stage for a good night of sleep.

So, if you or your children are having trouble sleeping, make them a warm cup of Rooibos an hour or so before bedtime to ensure you all get some much-needed Zzz’s.