After a long day, it can be hard to wind down and turn off your brain at bedtime. Between your big work presentation, your kid’s science project and the laundry piling up, you may have trouble de-stressing to fall to sleep. While there are many different ways to help you relax and unwind after a long day (or week, or month), have you ever thought about adding tea to your nighttime routine?
The ingredients in tea can help you sleep and the methodical process of making tea can help you destress and create a nighttime routine to promote deeper, better rest. Just be careful, because different types of tea contain varying amounts of caffeine, making some better than others to drink before bed. We’re breaking down what types of tea to drink at night and tea’s effect on the way you fall (and stay) asleep.
Caffeine before bed
Obviously, you don’t want to knock back tons of caffeine before bed. After all, caffeine is a chemical that’s main function is improving mental alertness. Once you consume caffeine, it takes about an hour for the effects to kick in and can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours, depending on your dosage. Caffeine is found in many products—but are most found in popular items like coffee, tea and soda.
Tea is naturally caffeinated but has less caffeine than a typical cup of coffee or espresso (which is also naturally caffeinated). Matcha, a concentrated powder form of green tea, is the strongest type of tea and has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Black and white teas have a little less caffeine than coffee or matcha and herbal teas have the least caffeine (very little or none).