I Tried the Best Teas for Sleep and Here’s What I Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

My speech was slurring, my tongue felt a little fuzzy, and I asked a room of my colleagues, “Why haven’t we ever discussed everyone’s favorite apple? Mine’s Winesap.” This was neither funny nor interesting. I put down my gigantic thermos of “Mother’s Little Helper,” a potent caffeine-free herbal tea by David’s Tea. But Mother wasn’t helping; she had me fucked-up on valerian.

That was the last time I tested a sleepy-time tea at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday. On the one hand, an afternoon session seemed like the only way to determine the efficacy of the best teas for sleep. On the other, I was dozing off at work.

The original Sleepytime Tea (you know the one, with the comatose bear in front of a precarious roaring fire), hit shelves in 1972. That thing sells over 4 million boxes a year—the people need their sleep. With herbal remedies (cough) becoming more and more mainstream, there are dozens of teas for sleep to choose from. And just wait until you hear about Ambien!

Herbalists will note that different human bodies react differently to herbs: Some might feel energized by valerian tea, while others might conk out after a watery cup of chamomile. I kept that in mind—and so should you because this isn’t medical advice, dudes—as I sipped and snoozed my way through all the best teas for sleep. Some taste like gym socks, others like floral arrangements in a funeral parlor, and a few manage to have no flavor whatsoever.

In this very unscientific test, I yawned my way through the workday to find the sleepiest and most delicious bedtime tea on the market, though, to be honest, some of those meetings were just very boring.

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Here we go.

Pukka Night Time

I’m a fan of all Pukka teas, mostly because the name reminds me of the giant rabbit from Harvey, but also because they’re never bitter in the way bagged tea sometimes can be. They’re organic, too, which is a bonus because I like my herbs squeaky clean. The trick to getting the most flavor out of Pukka’s Night Time tea is to steep it for a longer period of time—up to 15 minutes—so that more of the licorice flavor comes out (in a lightly spiced way, not like the disgusting candy). Otherwise, the flavor is so low-key you can barely taste anything. The main ingredient is oat flower, which is relaxing and subtle. There’s also a hint of chamomile, but just barely. Tulsi, lavender, and limeflower are other players, but they’re all nearly invisible, like a mischievous rabbit who follows Jimmy Stewart around.

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Verdict: Easy to drink and perfect after a meal, when maybe you don’t want intense flavors chiming in. Combined with Seinfeld reruns and a few glasses of wine, I was asleep in three minutes flat. I will be drinking this again the next time I need a restful sleep.

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Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night Valerian

If you’re really serious about getting a better sleep fast, you need to skip over the plain Nighty Night and hit the Nighty Night Valerian instead. It gets me every time. After a 10-minute steep, there’s a pleasant funky-earthy smell to this organic tea, with subtle notes of gym socks. But the scent is much stronger than the taste. This is a tea made from passionflower—an actual flower known to chill the nerves, not the name of a bath oil your mom bought from the last Avon lady on Earth. If you’re the kind of person who lies in bed thinking about those lost USPS packages, your cat’s fading eyesight, and what will happen to your health care in the near future, well, this is for you.

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