When it comes to supplements to help me sleep, I usually lean toward choosing something “natural” and simple. The soothing effects of a warm drink coupled with folk remedy herbs make Nighty Night Valerian Herbal Tea (spoiler alert on this review!) a great choice to aid relaxation and induce sleep. This tea is a part of Traditional Medicinals’ relaxation teas line, and it contains only pharmacopeial grade herbs. As a fan of a good cup of tea, I’ve used this product for over a year — but now it’s time to officially review Nighty Night Valerian.
Helps you mellow out and promotes a good night’s sleep.
Tea — obviously the non-caffeinated kind — is a great delivery system for those looking for a sleep aid in a non-pill form. The main active ingredient in this tea is valerian, and this proprietary blend also includes four other herbs.
I followed the directions on the box by pouring 8 ounces of freshly boiled water over one tea bag. I had one cup 30 minutes before bed. The tea smells great, and it tastes herbaceous and earthy. I did feel calm and relaxed while drinking it, but it took me a little while to actually fall asleep. Once I fell asleep, I did stay asleep, and there wasn’t any grogginess in the morning. My sleep tracker didn’t record much deep sleep, and I’m interested to pair this with something like melatonin or L-tryptophan for even better results.
Nighty Night Valerian Tea is one of the mildest sleep supplements I’ve found, and it carries the added benefit of the ritual of having a cup of tea before bed. I will experiment stacking it with both tryptophan and melatonin, and will add it to my travel carry-on to enjoy on longer flights (just ask the flight attendant for hot water!). I feel like the smell alone has a calming “aromatherapy” effect on me, and I will continue to make this tea, especially during the winter.