Tea Before Bed? Reviewing Nighty Night Valerian By Traditional Medicinals

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.

Stated Use

Helps you mellow out and promotes a good night’s sleep.

Active Ingredients

Nighty Night Valerian LabelTea — 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.

  • Organic Valerian Root —  This fragrant herb has been historically used as a sedative and pain reliever and prescribed by ancient Greek physicians as a treatment for insomnia.
  • Organic Passion Flower Herb — This plant extract helps boost your GABA (as evidenced in this study) helping mitigate both nervousness and insomnia.
  • Organic Lemon Balm Leaf — An herb from the mint family, it is known for its ability to induce sleep.

Proprietary Blend:

  • Organic Caraway Fruit  — This fruit has been used in folk medicine as an analgesic, and there is evidence of adaptogenic (antistress) properties.  
  • Organic Licorice Root — This root has been used in folk medicine to treat digestive system issues, sore throat, bronchitis, and cough.  

My Experience

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.

Pros

  • Very gentle
  • No grogginess or fogginess in the morning
  • Tastes great

Cons

  • Takes time to prepare

The Final Word

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.

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2 comments
Warren says May 5, 2016

Thank you for your detailed review! I was drinking it for the first time while reading it.

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Sparkle says August 17, 2016

Nighty Night Valerian is a staple for me. I have insomnia and although I can get to sleep fast, I typically don’t stay asleep. This tea is the only thing that works for me and doesn’t have any negative effects of sluggishness or grogginess. I’ve turned my mom onto this tea too. I’ve been using for almost two years now and will never be without it!

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