Matcha enthusiasts say that drinking Matcha tea creates an 'alert yet calm' state which is better than the buzz created by coffee. This would explain why Matcha is so popular with Zen Buddhist Monks who perform 'extended' meditation. This state can be linked to an organic substance in Matcha called L-theanine which provides 'relaxation' without 'sleepiness'.
Yet, some people say that since there is caffeine in Matcha, you should avoid drinking Matcha in the evenings, at night or before sleep.
Before we answer that question, we need to examine two schools of thought.
The first school of thought advises against drinking Matcha at night as the caffeine content can keep you awake. Caffeine resets your body clock by preventing a rise in melatonin levels, the main sleep hormone. This hormone normally fluctuates in levels to determine the most natural time to fall asleep and wake up. Caffeine stays in your system for up to seven hours and usually for at least four hours. Unfortunately, it can you also break up your sleep, meaning that you wake more often in the night.
However, the caffeine level in Matcha Green Tea is much lower (about half) than in an equivalently sized cup of coffee. And Matcha also contains that other magical compound L-Theanine which slow releases energy into the body, so it's definitely not the same as having an energy drink, soda or coffee before bed. This is why there is a second school of thought that puts forward that unless you are very sensitive to caffeine, then drinking Matcha before bed can positively impact your health, wellness and even quality of sleep. Healthy bedtime habits, lead to a healthy body say some experts. For example, Matcha green tea is rich in bioactive compounds which can have a hugely positive impact on your bodily functions. It contains flavonoids and catechins and these can offer a high level of damage protection for cells.
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According to a study, Matcha improves your blood flow by increasing the production of nitric acid and the nitric acid promotes the process of widening the blood vessels known as Vasodilation.
Drinking Matcha before bed can increase your daily consumption of antioxidants. Research has shown that people who consume about 4 cups of green tea on a regular basis are 20 to 30% less likely to suffer a stroke than those who do not.
The L-theanine in Matcha helps calm your senses, soothe your nerves and relaxes you from within. It helps for a good night’s sleep and research has shown that a good night’s sleep has a direct impact on your metabolism. A healthy metabolism ensures that your body always stays in good shape and gives your skin a healthy glow.
Drinking Matcha every night is one of the best things you can do for your heart. The antioxidants, catechins and flavonoids in Matcha green tea are extremely helpful for keeping your heart healthy.
Have you ever felt like not getting out of bed when you wake up in the morning? We all know that feeling. It’s a signal your body gives you that it doesn’t have sufficient stimulants. Matcha tea supplies your body with the right kind of stimulants. Having one cup of Matcha before bed can help you wake up with an overall positive feeling.
Remember too, how important light is for helping you sleep. Ideally, use a bluelight filter on your screens in the evening or invest in blue-blocking glasses and try out a natural daylight lamp to wake you up in the mornings. The Verilux HappyLight is one of our personal favourites:
Eliminating waste from your body is absolutely essential. Drinking Matcha after dinner ensures that your body could help to get rid of the toxins that have built up throughout the day.
If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, you should limit the intake to 1-2 cups of green tea every day. Those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, glaucoma, liver disease, anxiety disorder or anaemia should consume only a limited amount of Matcha tea.
But remember that we are all different. Not everyone will experience all these benefits. Some may experience an intense level of only some of these benefits. It all depends on your constitution, lifestyle and how your body responds to the bioactive components of Matcha tea. Seeking your doctor’s advice would be a smart thing to do.
If you have a habit of drinking fizzy drinks, coffee or tea before bedtime, you might want to reconsider this and replace the drink with Matcha. Not only is it a much healthier beverage, but it has a milder, gentler impact on the body.
Ultimately, only you can judge the effects and how you feel. Some people can drink an espresso before bed and sleep immediately and soundly. Many people, however, can not.
Pick two separate nights when you don't have anything specific on in the morning and do a test. Try drinking Matcha several hours before sleep on one of the nights and then drink a cup right before bed on the other. Think about how well you sleep, whether you wake in the night and how you feel in the morning. Compare this to what you consider to be normal for you. Then you will have your answer.
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