So, my new bed is REALLY stiff/firm so I’ve been having some issues falling asleep since moving to Montreal – I do think that I’m slowly adjusting to the bed but in the mean time I’ve pulled out all the stops and whipped out the chamomile teas. You know I’m desperate for a good sleep when the chamomile comes out – it’s so vile tasting.

Made this one with a little bit of lemon infused honey also, because I needed to mask the taste somehow. It helped, for sure; much less of that gross taste. I’m not totally sure if it helped me sleep though; it was still hours after finishing this cup before I actually fell asleep…

I think a big part of it, too, is that I’m used to falling asleep to music. I set my laptop up on my desk and just let it play my giant Youtube playlist of music until I pass out. Eventually the laptop’s battery dies, and when it dies the music stops. Sure, I have to charge my laptop every morning but it really, really helps me sleep. I’ve not been doing that though because I don’t want to play music super late into the evening and potentially upset my new roomates – that seems like a very poor foundation to our new living arrangement…

Idk; thoughts from others definitely welcome – I just want a good night’s sleep!

Teatotaler

I totally empathize with you,Roswell. Having fibromyalgia I have sleeping difficulties as well. Stress Ease from Traditional Medicinals is very relaxing – The main ingredient is skullcap. Sure makes me calm and drowsy! I have a couple of friends who swear by it as well. It has a very pleasant cinnamon flavor too. Hope this helps! :)

Mastress Alita

I have been having trouble sleeping lately, too. I don’t like drinking tea too close to bedtime since my main issue is I’ll wake to pee somewhere during my sleep cycle and then I can’t fall back asleep for the rest of the night, so I’ve been taking Valerian supplements, since valerian root in tea always does the trick for me. I don’t like the taste the chamomile either, but even when I do drink it, it doesn’t knock me out the way valerian does.

derk

If you’re on your laptop late into the night, consider installing f.lux. It’s a program that changes the color of your screen based on time of day. At night, my screen is basically orange instead of white/blue, mimicking the coloration of the pages of an old book. Turn the brightness of the screen down to the last setting and I’m out within 10 minutes.

A white noise generator might work since you’re used to falling asleep with background noises. It would probably be inoffensive to your roommates.

Mastress Alita

I use f.lux even during the day. During the daylight hours it still remains slightly pink because that is easier on my migraine head (but at night, it does remove even more blue light and becomes progressively more pink-hued). I only wish I could install outside software on my work computer; I have to wear pink sunglasses all the time at the library to get the same effect.

Roswell Strange

Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I’ll look into f.lux tomorrow and see if that’s something that would be helpful to me. I’ve tried Skullcap before, but it didn’t seem to do anything for me. Valerian Root works the same way, for me, as chamomile does – I just don’t currently own any Valerian blends that don’t also have chamomile in them (can’t escape that awful taste). I’ve tried a white noise generator before; however it just gives me headaches. Not sure why music is ok, but white noise is like someone attacking my head with a cheese grater.

Mastress Alita

In lieu of music, would something like the sound of rain set at a low volume be quite inoffensive? I love the sound of rainymood.com and find it quite relaxing.

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Teatotaler

I totally empathize with you,Roswell. Having fibromyalgia I have sleeping difficulties as well. Stress Ease from Traditional Medicinals is very relaxing – The main ingredient is skullcap. Sure makes me calm and drowsy! I have a couple of friends who swear by it as well. It has a very pleasant cinnamon flavor too. Hope this helps! :)

Mastress Alita

I have been having trouble sleeping lately, too. I don’t like drinking tea too close to bedtime since my main issue is I’ll wake to pee somewhere during my sleep cycle and then I can’t fall back asleep for the rest of the night, so I’ve been taking Valerian supplements, since valerian root in tea always does the trick for me. I don’t like the taste the chamomile either, but even when I do drink it, it doesn’t knock me out the way valerian does.

derk

If you’re on your laptop late into the night, consider installing f.lux. It’s a program that changes the color of your screen based on time of day. At night, my screen is basically orange instead of white/blue, mimicking the coloration of the pages of an old book. Turn the brightness of the screen down to the last setting and I’m out within 10 minutes.

A white noise generator might work since you’re used to falling asleep with background noises. It would probably be inoffensive to your roommates.

Mastress Alita

I use f.lux even during the day. During the daylight hours it still remains slightly pink because that is easier on my migraine head (but at night, it does remove even more blue light and becomes progressively more pink-hued). I only wish I could install outside software on my work computer; I have to wear pink sunglasses all the time at the library to get the same effect.

Roswell Strange

Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I’ll look into f.lux tomorrow and see if that’s something that would be helpful to me. I’ve tried Skullcap before, but it didn’t seem to do anything for me. Valerian Root works the same way, for me, as chamomile does – I just don’t currently own any Valerian blends that don’t also have chamomile in them (can’t escape that awful taste). I’ve tried a white noise generator before; however it just gives me headaches. Not sure why music is ok, but white noise is like someone attacking my head with a cheese grater.

Mastress Alita

In lieu of music, would something like the sound of rain set at a low volume be quite inoffensive? I love the sound of rainymood.com and find it quite relaxing.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gongfu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – the only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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