Is it Bad to Drink Tea at Night?

Many people always have one question in mind that: Is it Bad to Drink Tea at Night? Tea is a drink that is made by pouring hot water over leaves or herbs. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink. There are many different kinds of tea, and all contain caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant, that usually makes people feel alert and awake. Therefore, drinking tea at night can interfere with sleep. But, it is important to know that tea typically has a lot less caffeine in it than coffee. Further, some teas have other chemicals in them which can actually help with sleep.

Why Tea Might be Bad

Having food and drinks that have caffeine late in the night can interrupt sleep and can contribute to insomnia. Having problems with sleep can greatly impact your health. It can negatively impact concentration, immune system function, and creativity. The effects that caffeine has varies from person to person. Therefore, it is best to avoid caffeine for four to six hours before bedtime. But, those who are more sensitive to caffeine might need to stop food and drinks with caffeine even earlier.

Tea Compared to Coffee

A study has looked at the effects of coffee and tea and compared them. It found that both beverages have nearly the same effect on a person’s feeling of alertness. But, those who drank tea had a lot less sleep issues than people who drink coffee. This could be because it has less caffeine. Teas also contain other chemicals, like L-theanine. It can help people relax, and help contribute to sleep. All teas contain L-theanine, but they have different amounts of it.

In conclusion, it is really dependent on your tolerance to caffeine to determine if it is bad to drink tea at night. If you are sensitive to caffeine, then you should stop drinking tea at least four hours before you plan to go to bed. But, some teas do contain a chemical that can help relax you, and could help with sleep.  

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 Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

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