Maybe you don’t know but drinking green tea before bed isn’t such a good idea if you have troubles sleeping. Green tea contains caffeine that is stimulating your brain and makes you awake. You don’t want that, don’t you?
It is a difference between caffeine in tea and coffee. If you drink a cup of coffee; caffeine will start to work immediately. Caffeine in green tea will release slowly because tannins will slow it down. This means you will have caffeine effect for many hours after drinking it. This is the reason why people stay away from green tea in the late hours.
All real teas have caffeine. A green tea is second with the most caffeine amount after black tea. Read more about drinking green tea in the evening and what are the alternatives.
Drinking Green Tea before Bed: Yes or No?
People who are sensitive to caffeine should not drink too much of this invigorating substance. If you are sensitive on caffeine and you drank it through all day than you should skip a cup of green tea before bed. Every body reacts differently on substances so you could try it and see if it will affect you or not.
Let’s see which compounds of green tea affect our sleep. Green tea contains one of the major amino acids that is called L-theanine.
This amino acid in our brain stimulates the formation of alpha waves which can be described as a state of deep relaxation.
This situation stimulates imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration…or a nice transition to sleep. In addition, L-theanine stimulates formation of dopamine, one of the hormones of happiness. It will relax you, reduce stress levels and reduce the feeling of anxiety.
Green tea also contains caffeine (some people still call it tein, it is the same compound) that promotes the functioning of the organism. The caffeine in green tea is typically bound to tannins; which cause slow release of caffeine.
With a cup of green tea you consume a smaller amount of caffeine as if you drink a cup of coffee. Preparing green tea differs from making a cup of coffee. We use different amount of substance and prepare it differently.
We boil the coffee but we pour hot water over the green tea. Caffeine is released with high temperature so this means that we consume more caffeine with coffee than green tea.
While coffee can stimulate us very quickly, the effect of green tea is more gentle, slow and constant. We should also be aware of counter-effect of L-theanine which increases the clarity of thought, concentration and has a relaxing effect to prevent the emergence of “nervous” energy that appears with coffee.
Green Tea Health Benefits
There are many green tea health benefits but we will stress out the most important ones.
Prevents growth of cancer cells
There is a link between the consumption of green tea and lower prevalence of various forms of cancer. Recent studies confirmed that catechins have the most credit for this. They are a specific type of flavonoids in the body that act as a powerful antioxidant.
Laboratory tests have found that catechins which are present in the leaves of the tea plant prevent the growth of cancer cells and the activity of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause cell damage which may result in cancer.
Studies have shown that catcehins are 100 times more powerful to destroy free radicals than vitamin C and 200 times more powerful than vitamin E.
Helps with weight loss
If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, you must reduce the amount of fat cells in your body. The formation of fat cells is linked to the hormone insulin. His job is to remove excess glucose from the blood. Insulin ensures that glucose is converted into triglycerides which are deposited in fat cells – and thus we gain weight.
So how can green tea help you? When you want to lose weight it is very important that the blood sugar levels as low as possible and constant. This way sugars won’t change into fat. Drinking green tea on an empty stomach causes a decrease of blood sugar and helps you not gain weight.
These aren’t all good qualities of green tea. Consuming green tea reduces the possibility of heart disease (lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure). Green tea should also purify the body and protect your teeth. You want to know benefits of other teas also? You can find them here.
People from Okinawa reach high age also because of regular consumption of green tea. Body cells recover faster and better because of the green tea antioxidants. This is why we can slow down aging and preserve vitality for a long time.
The studies were analyzed by the length of the telomere, the structures at the end of chromosomes, which are at each cell division slightly shortened.
Can you decrease the Amount of Caffeine in Green Tea?
If you try drinking green tea before bed and it will affect on your sleeping quality and length; you should try this technique. Did you know that you can decrease caffeine in your green tea?
The majority of caffeine will release in first minute after pouring the green tea with hot water. You pour green tea leaves or tea bag with hot water and leave it for one minute. Then throw that water away and heat new water and pour it again. This procedure will make your green tea contain less caffeine. Try it and you will see if your sleep improves.
Green Tea Alternatives before Bedtime
I must say that I love green tea and it didn’t cause me any side-effects when I drank it before bedtime. But we are different and our bodies react differently on the caffeine. If you are caffeine sensitive you can also try teas that haven’t got caffeine and relax.
You like drinking teas before bedtime? Then you should try herbal teas. Herbal teas don’t have any caffeine.
The second reason for trying herbal teas is their relaxing effect. Mint, chamomile, lemon balm, linden and lavender tea are excellent alternative for drinking green tea before bed.
These herbs have relaxing effect so they are recommendable before sleeping. If you prefer fruit tea you can drink it as well.
So, is drinking green tea before bed good for you or not? I leave the answer to you. You have all information that you need. We provided you the process of making decaf green tea and herbal alternatives that are proven for good sleep. The choice is yours; you should try different approaches and see what suits you.