Sleepytime Herbal Tea – Deconstructed

I am always looking for ways to help you get a better night’s sleep, besides the obvious foundation of having a mattress that feels good.

One great way to calm yourself before bed is by drinking a hot cup of tea. Perhaps the most popular and almost certainly the most well-known sleep-encouraging brew – Sleepytime Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings.

This naturally caffeine-free tea has a number of ingredients that work together to make it the tea that it is. Today, I am going to talk about each ingredient and how it helps you to fall asleep.

Ingredients in Sleepytime Herbal Tea and Their Effects


The main ingredient in Sleepytime is chamomile. Even the ancient Egyptians used chamomile as a medicinal herb. In fact, the chamomile that is used in Sleepytime comes from Egypt even today!


Chamomile has such a wide range of benefits that it will be easier to just list them for you:

  • Moderate antioxidant

  • Antimicrobial

  • Strong anti-inflammatory

  • Lowers cholesterol

  • Mild sedative

  • Anti-anxiety effects

  • Immune boosting


Celestial Seasonings gets their flavorful spearmint from the Pacific Northwest. But it’s not just about flavor! It also eases digestion which can be helpful if your grumbly stomach keeps you awake.

If you have a cold or stuffy nose, spearmint can minimize the symptoms.

It will soothe you and help you destress and relieve tension. We all know how hard it is to sleep when you are stressed or anxious no matter how comfortable your mattress is!


Sleepytime Tea contains lemongrass from Guatemala. Another calming herb, lemongrass also is used around the world as an antiseptic for internal and external wounds.

This is another ingredient that has antibacterial effects to help you fight colds AND it helps with digestion.

There are claims that it helps burn extra fat because it makes digestion more efficient.

Tilia flowers

Tilia Linden Tree Tea Ingredient

Tilia flowers come from Linden trees and help give the tea a sweet flavor.

Again, there is evidence that these flowers are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety. They contain tannins, which work to prevent sickness in your throat and intestines.

Blackberry leaves

Blackberry leaves also contain immune-boosting tannins. Additionally, blackberry leaves can help heal ulcers in the throat, mouth, and stomach.

Orange blossoms

For centuries, orange blossoms have been used to combat insomnia. The blossoms also help soothe your stomach and aid digestion.

Hawthorn Fruits

Hawthorn Berries Tea Ingredients

These fruits contain so many things – flavonoids, fatty and essential oils, tannins, and vitamins. Along with being a calming sedative, they also help balance blood pressure and cardiac rhythm. It’s their beneficial effect on general heart health, however, that probably qualifies as their most incredible attribute.

They also help with insomnia, stress, and even migraines!

As fruits, they also contain sugar, which gives the tea a sweet taste.


Rosebuds seem simple, but they actually help with depression, anxiety, and digestion! They also have Vitamin C and other cancer-fighting antioxidants. Who knew?

How to Use Sleepytime Tea

Obviously, this tea is best used before you sleep. Just make sure not to drink too many fluids before bed otherwise you’ll be hopping up in the middle of the night to run to the bathroom.

Also, if you are pregnant, it is recommended that you don’t drink Sleepytime tea as the lemongrass has been shown (in animal studies) to fetal complications.

So Many Options!

Celestial Seasonings knows a good thing when they see it. The popularity of Sleepytime Tea brought about many varieties:

  • Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape

  • Sleepytime Peach

  • Sleepytime Vanilla

  • Sleepytime Extra

  • Sleepytime Sinus Soother

  • Sleepytime Echinacea Complete Care

  • Sleepytime Throat Tamer

Now the real question is – Why aren’t you drinking Sleepytime Herbal Tea?

Find a bed that makes you feel good,