Brew Coffee as a Nightcap

By Alyse Borkan  |  Feb 10, 2015
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Even if you swear by coffee in the morning, you know better than to drink it at night. But now there’s a new kind of coffee that is safe to drink before bed. It’s made from decaf coffee and a natural sedative called valerian root that’s specifically designed to help you sleep.

Counting Sheep Coffee comes in two varieties: Lights Out!, which contains 235 milligrams of valerian root per two tablespoons or brewed cup, and 40 Winks, which contains 176 milligrams of valerian root per brewed cup.

Counting Sheep Coffee is a food product, not a drug to help with sleep. Valerian is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a food ingredient. Experts don’t know exactly why the plant such a potent sleep-inducer, but there’s little known risk of side effects (other than the obvious drowsiness), says University of California San Francisco associate professor Stephen Bent. “In the studies that have been done, it’s been show to be safe,” he says. “It has a long traditional history of being used to induce sleep.”

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