How Green Tea Before Bed Transforms Your Sleep Experience

We know how tough it can be to find good information about drinking green tea before bed, it seems like everyone has some huge list of green tea benefits for you but most of the items on the list aren’t even specific to bedtime, and many of them treat this drink like it’s the second coming. The truth is a little bit different from that. Don’t get the wrong idea, green tea is an amazing drink – especially before going to sleep – but just make sure you’re enjoying it for all of the right reasons.

That’s not to say there aren’t benefits to drinking many different types of tea before bed, green tea in particular, but we aren’t going to pretend its going to fix every problem in your life, pay your mortgage, and sing to you at night while massaging your feet. None the less, there are many reasons to drink this, and maybe even some reasons not to, so we’re going to give them all equal airtime, we’re going to look at some of our favorite teas to drink before bedtime,  we’re going to cover all of the most commonly claimed health benefits of enjoying a hot cuppa before ending the day, and more. Let’s get right into it!

Reasons NOT TO Drink Tea Before Going to Sleep?

Do you drink tea before going to sleep?

If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you’ll want to stick to something herbal before bed and perhaps avoid green tea in the evening. Granted, tea will generally have less caffeine than a cup of coffee, those who are sensitive to it could still have trouble falling a sleep, unless they’re drinking a type of tea that doesn’t have caffeine, a good example for the evening would be one of these.

If a little bit of caffeine isn’t going to keep you up all night, there are some very compelling to reach for green instead of other teas, although some of these benefits are going to be apply to some, most, or even all other types of tea as well (Just something to keep in mind!)

Also, we don’t want to get too personal, but depending on how the ole bladder is doing, some people find that having a cup of tea before bed causes them to have to wake up to use the restroom. At the end of the day, you know your body better than anyone else, so listen to it.

There’s still a simple solution to both of these reasons, get decaffeinated green tea, and just have a few sips, if not a full teacup. Can you think of any other reasons why one might NOT enjoy a cup of tea after a long day? Make sure you let us know!

Reasons You SHOULD Enjoy Green Tea At Night

Now, here are some broad and general reasons that we love this drink at nighttime. This applies to most types of tea including herbal teas, and after this section we’ll discuss green tea in particular.

  • Calming properties: The ritual of preparing the tea, and then the mindful experience of sipping it, can do a lot to help you wind down after your day is done. It’s almost like a “coming down” phase, where you can leave the stresses of the day behind you.
  • Train your brain: L-Theanine is an ingredient in green tea that can help with focus and cognitive function, in particular when it’s used with caffeine, so this tea could help with cognitive performance if you usually start to lag a bit in the evening, it could possibly give you that final wave to make it through the end of the day.
  • Good habits: Most of us know how bad it is to stare at our screens at the end of the day, but it can be tough to log-off early and replace that time with something better. That’s where some tealeaves, some warm water, and your favorite cup come into play. Make some time at the end of the day for a relaxing cup of tea it can help to spur other good habits in return.
  • It’s affordable: As far as rare and expensive teas go, green tea is among the most affordable and widely produced types of tea. There are many, many different brands that sell it, in a variety of qualities to meet any budget. From simple bags, to fine leaves, we encourage you to try a few different options to really help determine your favorite – and at such low prices, that’s a very practical thing to do. We have decided to put together a bit of a “starter kit”, with some items  that will appeal to season tea steepers, and other ones that are for those who are just getting started on their journey.

There’s something for everyone in our starter kit, from really great infushers, cups, kettles, accessories, sweeteners, and of course – the teas themselves (both bagged and loose leaf.) Rather than trying to open a warehouse so that we can mail these to you, we figured it would be easier to just include links so that you can order them online.

Bedtime Tea Starter Kit

Now, what you need will depend on what you’ve already got and how you want to prepare your tea. You can go with tea bags, then all you’ll need is a cup, and a way to warm up the water. If you would rather go with loose leaf tea instead, you’ll need all of that plus something to steep the tea inside of, since it’s not in a teabag.

Here’s an excellent tea steeper: It’s quite basic, but also very affordable and does the job just fine. Of course, you can also look into some fancier options too.

That tea infuser/strainer is a nice choice because it’s affordable and does what you need it to do. If you already have a tea cup with a bit of height to it (So that the depth of the infuser fits inside), it’s a good choice. However, if you want to pick up a beautiful tea cup and steeper combo, here’s a great option:

Need a kettle? We’ve reviewed a very fancy one, and some more affordable kettles.

Like a little sweetness to your tea? You can opt for a zero-calorie sweetener of your choice, or try something like organic cane sugar. Finally, it can be nice to squeeze the juice freshly out of an orange, if you’re looking for a little twist.

We’ll give you our top picks for green teas to try out in just a moment, but first we want to circle back and go over some of the other reasons that green is probabally the best tea to drink before bed.

Why does green tea make you sleepy?

Does green tea make you sleepy?

Whether they enjoy it earlier in the day or at night time, some people get a certain sleepy feeling from this type of tea, and that’s usually because of something called theanine which can help relax the body. Generally, the calming effects of theanine are outweighed by t he caffeine in this tea, but once again, they can impact everyone’s body slightly differently, so for some people this drink will tip the scale towards the sleep side, whereas those who are very sensitive will find it too stimulating to sleep immediately after drinking it.

In addition, it could simply be the calming act of stimulating your sense of smell, taste, and even feeling the warm cup in your hands, especially on a really cold day.

How does green tea help you sleep?

In addition to what we mentioned above about how some ingredients in green tea help you sleep, it’s also worth talking a bit more about the less-defined calming aspects of the drink and ritual. When we say ritual, it means taking the time to boil the water, stay in the moment, prepare the tea,  add the water, waiting calming for it to steep, and then ultimately enjoying the beverage. All of that can be a very mindful experience, especially if you’re used to jumping from task to task all day. None of that has anything to do with whats in the tea itself, in some cases we’ve been convinced that the act of preparing the tea can be just as calming as actually drinking it.

What is your goal before bed?

At the end of the day, different people have different bedtime routines. Some people like to do puzzles and stimulate their minds, others prefer to calm down and just zone out, relax, and finally drift off to sleep. Somewhat focused relaxing can be more restful than just zoning out to a movie, but again – it’s whatever works for you. In any case, green tea at night can definitely cater to those who want to calming drift off to sleep, in addition to those who want or need to stay more on-point during the later moments of their day.

If you’re not sure if a green tea sleep appeals to you or not, the best thing you can do is just to try it and see how you react. One cup isn’t going to be enough to really ruin your sleep, even if you’re among those who are more sensitive to caffeine, unless you’re exceptionally sensitive to it that is. In that case, either drink just a little bit of tea, or drink it earlier in the night.

Choosing The Best Tea To Drink Before Bed

Which tea to drink before bed?

Need some  tea? Here are three great choices, we’ve categorize them based on a handful of different criteria. We’ve got the best bagged tea, the best loose leaf, and finally the best one for the money – which basically means it’s a ‘value’ option – a GREAT tea and an even better price for those who don’t want to spend too much to give this a try. We’ve got you covered!

Best Bagged Green Tea: Numi Gundowder Green Tea

Numi organic green tea

Tea bags make life easier. The downside is that in cheaper bagged teas, you’re often not necessarily getting the highest quality leaves. They’re broken up into small little pieces, almost like dust sometimes, and can sometimes be “leftovers” or just lower-tier teas since you can’t really see it through the bag anyways.

This one, on the other hand, by Numi, is a high-quality bagged tea. The advantages of drinking bagged teas are that they’re easier, less messy, less to clean… and the downside is usually that you may be getting lower-tier tea, but not always. Numi does a great job of offering the convenience of a bagged tea, with a quality you wouldn’t expect to find in a bag… Likely because they also sell some great loose leaf teas, too.

The only ingredient is “Fair trade certified organic green tea,” and that’s what we like to see.

Best Loose Leaf Green Tea: Vahdam Organic Himalayan

Vahdam organic green tea before bed

This is such a hard decision. We’re not saying this is the very best of all time, but this Himalayan Green Tea by Vahdam made our list because it’s solid, accessible, popular and has a ton of happy customers who swear by it. St the end of the day – this tea is a great introduction to loose leaf before bed. Pair this with one of the steepers we’ve included higher up on this page to prepare loose leaf, and you’re in for a wonderful treat. The best part? It’s the type of treat that you can enjoy every. single. day.

Best Green Tea for the Money: Loose and Bagged

Let’s feature a value pick for both bags and loose leaf, shall we? When it comes to bagged teas, our best value for the money pick is Stash Tea’s premium green tea. It’s about the same price as the Numi tea bags we featured a moment ago, however it comes with more than 5x as many bags. It’s still really decent tea, and definitely worth the try if you’re looking for a workhorse type of green tea in a bag.

Davidson's Gunpowder Green TeaWhen it comes to our top pick for choosing a green tea before bed in the loose leaf variety, we’ve got to go with Davidson’s Gunpowder Green Tea. A pound of this stuff costs around $10, it’s less expensive than brands like Numi and other popular green teas, and it’s at LEAST just as good as a fair amount of them. Really, it comes down to your own personal tastes, too. It’s not the worst idea to buy a more expensive tea and a less expensive tea, compare them, and then you’ll know for sure whether or not you have expensive taste in teas, or if you can’t really tell the difference and may as well stick to the more affordable stuff.

The idea of drinking tea before bed, especially green tea, is something that gets asked about a lot. You’ll find people in one camp who are huge supporters of drinking green tea before bed, and other people who won’t touch it within hours of their bedtime.

Now, the main reason people WILL drink it is because, well, they love tea and it can be a very relaxing and calming drink.

The main reason people will AVOID drinking it before bedtime is because the caffeine can keep them awake and make it hard to sleep.

There’s not really a right or wrong answer here, and it really depends on what your goals are and how your body reacts to caffeine. The good news is that we’ve got a few solutions and recommendations lined up, regardless of which side of the aisle you land on.

If you want to drink tea before your bedtime, but you’re sensitive to caffeine…

There’s an easy solution. Just opt for an herbal tea, many of which have no caffeine at all since they’re not made from the leaves of the tea plant, they’re made from one or numerous other herbs and or spices.

If you are not sensitive to caffeine, drink green tea before bed:

Then it’s even easier, because you can go ahead and drink a cup of green tea before bed and not even really have to worry about it. Tea already has less caffeine that coffee, as a general rule of thumb anyways, so if you’re among the part of the population who can have a coffee before bed and still get to sleep just fine, tea shouldn’t be a problem at all.

If your reason for wanting tea in the evening is relaxation, there are plenty of herbal blends designed to promote relaxation. It can be due to the specific contents of the blend of tea, or a placebo effect, but whatever it is – if it helps, it helps.

green tea before bed

Calming teas are nothing new, and nearly any tea that’s sold as a bedtime tea is going to be free from caffeine and filled with herbs that are believed to help you become calm, relaxed, and eventually drift off into a comfortable slumber.

Best teas to drink before sleeping

If you simply want any tea to enjoy before bedtime, just drink your favorite. Boom, easy, especially if you aren’t that sensitive to caffeine.

However, if you pick the right teas, you can actually find benefits like ones that will help relax you, calm you, and lull you into a peaceful sleep. There are herbal tea blends for bedtime that are crafted specifically with ingredients like chamomile and other things that will help you reach a state of blissful slumber. It’s rare for an herbal tea to contain caffeine, but there are also regular teas that have been decaffinated as well, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Remember, tea already has less caffeine than a typical cup of coffee, but even still, here are a few herbs you can look for in your blends to find a tea that not only won’t make it harder to sleep, but that can actually help you fall asleep:

  • Chamomile
  • Hawthorn Berries
  • Blackberry Leaves
  • Lemon grass
  • Spearmint
  • Tilia Flowers
  • Orange Blossoms
  • Rosebuds
  • Valerian
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Lavender
  • Skullcap Leaf
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose Hip
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Stevia Leaf
  • Passion Flower
  • Licorice Root

Some of these ingredients have properties to help you sleep better, others are just tasty or included for another reason. In any case, there’s just something about a warm drink that also helps relax. Except in the summer, in which case you might want to opt for an iced-tea instead.