Why drink hops tea for insomnia?
Do you really need a good night’s sleep? Multiple human studies have shown hops can help. Try pouring some hot water over a few pieces of hops, and drinking yourself to sleep!
Hops Tea for Insomnia Recipe
- 1 tsp of dried hops
- 8 ounces of hot water
- honey to taste
Steep about 7 minutes. While you are waiting, dim the lights, get your pajamas on, and take a few slow deep breathes to calm your mind.
Then, strain and drink your tea. Avoid with the use of heavy machinery (because you may be too drowsy) and hormone related health conditions such as breast cancer and pregnancy.
Hops Tea for Insomnia Research
- In a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of 184 participants, a hops and valerian combination reduced insomnia. From: Morin, C. M., Koetter, U., Bastien, C., Ware, J. C., & Wooten, V. (2005). Valerian-hops combination and diphenhydramine for treating insomnia: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Sleep, 28(11), 1465-1471.
- A combination of valerian and hops were more effective than both the placebo and valerian alone in a four week clinical study to treat patients with insomnia. From: Koetter, U., Schrader, E., Käufeler, R., & Brattström, A. (2007). A randomized, double blind, placebo‐controlled, prospective clinical study to demonstrate clinical efficacy of a fixed valerian hops extract combination (Ze 91019) in patients suffering from non‐organic sleep disorder. Phytotherapy research, 21(9), 847-851.
- In this double blind, placebo controlled, EEG measuring study of sleep, a valerian / hops combination improved sleep measurements. From: Dimpfel, W., & Suter, A. A. (2008). Sleep improving effects of a single dose administration of a valerian/hops fluid extract. A double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled sleep-EEG study in a parallel design using the electrohypnogram. Zeitschrift für Phytotherapie, 29(S 1), P06.
- This is a useful WebMD article to help you fall asleep: Ways to Get Back to Sleep
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT