We have to be careful what we eat or drink before bed as it can affect how well we sleep and our health. A question that has come up before is, should you drink green tea before bed?
Green tea has some wonderful and unique benefits over other teas and drinks. It’s a popular drink across Asia and easily accessible all over the world, so it’s not hard to find if you’ve never tried it.
So, is green tea the missing link to solve some of your sleeping issues – read on and see…
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Before Bed
It Helps You Unwind and Relax
If you struggle to unwind after a busy day and the quality of your sleep is suffering the sooner you do something about it the better.
A cup of green tea might not solve all your problems, but it’s known to help people relax both mentally and physically.
It’s Good for Oral Health
A study (source) that followed the oral health, and strength of teeth in particular of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 drinking green tea once a day had some positive results.
They discovered that the participants who drank green tea were less likely to loose teeth. It’s believed to be due to the antimicrobial molecules present in green tea.
It Improves Mental Focus and Mood
Combined with helping you unwind, the small amount of caffeine in green tea helps you sharpen your focus.
While for a few people this may cause them to lay awake, for most it helps them sleep as they can focus their scattered thoughts and relax.
It Stimulates Weight Loss
A study carried out by the University of Maryland Medical Center (source) showed that this tea can help boost your metabolism and burn fat.
It’s advisable to drink the tea in moderation and make some positive lifestyle changes of course. I’m not suggesting it’s a miracle weight loss product and you shouldn’t believe any such claims.
It Lowers Cholesterol
If you’ve been told your cholesterol levels are too high it’s time to make some dietary changes and do something about this. This is where green tea provides a simple solution.
There is a compound called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) in green tea. This compound works by actively reducing your cholesterol level, giving you a nice natural way to do so.
It Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Cancers are a very real risk and almost everyone reading this will have been affected, or known someone close to them affected by cancer. So this is a pretty big deal.
I won’t go into the details, the science behind the claims that green tea reduces the risk of cancer can be found in this article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
It Increases Blood Flow
Healthy blood flow and circulation can help reduce a wide range of aches, pains, and helps your organs function better.
The properties in green tea stimulate blood flow. This means more oxygen and blood flowing to tired muscles so it’s great if you’re a bodybuilder or workout a lot.
It Strengthens Bones
Studies published in Nutrition Research showed a strong link between the bioactive ingredients and improving bone mass and protection against osteoporosis.
If you’re prone to fracturing bones or know you have low bone mass or a brittle condition then add a cup of green tea into your nightly routine before bed.
It Promotes a Healthier Lifestyle
With all the benefits above you can wrap this up in a nutshell by saying that drinking a cup of green tea before bed is an extra little step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Green tea has been drunk for centuries across Asia and is still as popular today. Asia has some of the highest life expectancies too, so there is a lot we can learn about their diets and lifestyle choices.
Drinking green tea before bed is a great idea and promotes a healthier lifestyle. Try diffusing some lavender oil too if you’re really on the relaxation plan.
The only real drawback is if you have a weak bladder and it’s going to make you visit the bathroom overnight.
Overwise why not sip a tea in bed with a good book or a movie, or drink a cup before going up to bed.