Our family has a strange custom. My father, mother always need a hot-piping-strong tea before going to bed. Whatever they do for dinner, even after a exotic buffet in Taj we return home and make tea. And I have also acclimatised to this custom. So I can also sip a glass of hot tea before bed for a peaceful sleep.
Many people are bemused when we say this. I have seen umpteen number of people who drink tea to stay awake for studies. And for us the opposite works out.
“Tea leaves are rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that helps the brain to relax. So, you are on the right track! L-theanine has been found to put the brain in the alpha mode — relaxed, yet not drowsy. The more often the brain is in the alpha state, the more the immune system strengthens.
L-theanine practically prevents bad dreams, enhances the quality of sleep and you feel refreshed (not groggy) on awakening. You are fortunate that you have stumbled upon tea leaves that seem to contain more L-theanine and less caffeine. When the caffeine content is high in tea, it overrides L-theanine’s alpha effect and keeps you awake.”
So start drinking Tea before bed :)