You’ve heard about the soothing power of both chamomile tea and lavender. Why not combine the duo for the ultimate sleep-promoting brew? “The oil and herb contain compounds that work directly on the nervous system to de-stress, calm, and help settle nervous tension,” says Marie Ruggles, registered dietitian and essential oils educator. “It’s especially helpful if you’re often on your computer or phone before bed,” she adds. To make a cup yourself: steep two bags of chamomile tea in a cup of hot water for eight minutes, then add one drop of 100 percent pure lavender essential oil.
Tart cherry juice
For a fruity way to fall asleep, cherry juice may be what you need. In small studies, insomniacs who consumed two eight-ounce servings of tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks spent more minutes asleep (nearly 90 minutes in one study!) compared to a placebo. Cherries may have anti-inflammatory properties that help regulate sleep. Make sure you buy 100 percent juice with no added sugar. Check out these foods that can help you sleep.