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According to the South African Society of Sleep Medicine as many as 40% of adults suffer from insomnia at some stage in their lives. There are many reasons why people count sheep at night, including stress, too much caffeine and underlying illnesses. Thankfully, you can improve your shut-eye by drinking more Rooibos tea.

Constantly yawning in the middle of a job interview or falling asleep in an important meeting are scenarios that all of us would want to avoid. But, if you are constantly tired, an uncomfortable work desk can easily double as a pillow. Not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night is one of the main reasons why you want to doze off during the day. Luckily, a simple switch to Rooibos tea can help with more shut-eye and less yawns.

WHY ROOIBOS HELPS YOU SLEEP:

Zero caffeine: On average South Africans drink up to 6 cups of coffee and tea a day. Both beverages contain caffeine, a stimulant that energises your cells and keeps you awake. If you drink caffeine late in the afternoon or during the evening, you might struggle to fall asleep. The good news is that Rooibos contains no caffeine and thus you don’t have to count your cups or reserve them for during the day. In fact, the more Rooibos you drink, the better you sleep, because Rooibos has a calming effect on your body. People who are not sleeping due to caffeine overdose will certainly improve their sleeping habits by replacing their coffee addiction with refreshing Rooibos tea.

clock-314350_1280Calcium and magnesium: Rooibos tea contains magnesium and calcium. Both these minerals play a role in a better night’s sleep. During studies, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers noticed that during your deepest levels of sleep, calcium levels are also higher. According to William Sears, M.D. the brain uses calcium to manufacture the sleeping hormone, melatonin, which enhances the quality of your sleep. Other research has shown that a magnesium deficiency can also lead to chronic insomnia. Magnesium, also called nature’s
tranquiliser, has a calming effect on your nervous system which promotes better sleep. Drinking Rooibos tea before bedtime, supplies your body with much needed calcium and magnesium for a peaceful night’s rest.

Lowers stress: Exciting research done by the Stellenbosch University has shown that Rooibos tea can alleviate stress and anxiety levels that might keep you up at night. According to the research two compounds in Rooibos, aspalathin and nothofagin, interfere with the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. When stress levels are high, people find it more difficult to fall asleep, but with lower levels of cortisol in your body, your body is healthier, you immune system is stronger and you are more likely to enjoy your eight hours of sleep!

Drink at least six cups of Rooibos tea or Annique Rooibos Night Rest Tea a day for more snooze time!

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