Will Matcha Keep Me Awake?

Amy Beney MS RD CDCES

 January 30, 2023

Grab your matcha mug and get ready to dive into a lively debate: 

Will matcha tea have you buzzing like a busy bee or sleeping like a contented cat? 

Let’s uncover the truth behind this green powerhouse’s wakefulness potential.

Table of Contents

  • What is the buzz about matcha tea?
  • Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
  • What is the difference between green tea and herbal tea?
  • What is the difference between matcha tea and herbal tea?
  • What to Consider When Drinking Matcha Tea Before Bed
  • Will matcha keep me awake?
  • When is the best time to drink matcha tea?
  • Does matcha make you sleepy?
  • Can people with diabetes drink matcha tea?

What is the buzz about matcha tea?

 

Japanese matcha is a type of powdered green tea grown in a traditional way. Its unique chemical composition and flavor sets it apart from other tea beverages, making it the highest quality tea. Its health-promoting properties are attributed to the high content of antioxidants.

Green tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.

Tencha is the name for tea leaves used for matcha before the leaves are ground into fine powder. The tea color is pale green; the taste is deep and mellow. To make matcha, Tencha is ground into fine powder.

Herbal teas can come from any other plant not Camellia sinensis, and most do not contain caffeine.

Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

  • Promote heart health
  • Improve brain function
  • Contains high amounts of antioxidants
  • It may aid in weight loss
  • It may benefit the liver
matcha tea in the afternoon

What is the difference between green tea and herbal tea?

The burning question.

There is a difference between herbal tea and green tea. Many people confuse the two to be the same; green tea and herbal tea are different products. They are made up of different ingredients since green tea, including matcha tea, comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal tea is made of herbs, spices, and dried flowers.

Herbal teas can come from any other plant, not Camellia sinensis, and most do not contain caffeine.

So if asked what the difference between green tea and herbal tea is, the leaves make up the tea.

What is the difference between matcha tea and green tea?

 

The difference between matcha tea and green tea is the preparation of the leaves. Matcha tea is a more concentrated tea leaves than green tea.

An important distinction is that Camellia sinensis plants contain caffeine. Fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant contain about 4% caffeine. Black tea, for comparison, contains around 2-4% caffeine.

A factor in determining the amount of caffeine in a tea is that older leaves contain less caffeine than fresh leaves.

People who are sensitive to caffeine could experience insomnia, anxiety, irritability, or an upset stomach.

different ways to drink matcha

What to Consider When Drinking Matcha Tea Before Bed

 

Will matcha keep me awake?

 

The answer is yes, especially if you are sensitive to caffeine. There is caffeine in the leaves of matcha that could cause insomnia.

 

When is the best time to drink matcha tea?

 

If you are caffeine-sensitive and are concerned about sleep quality, insomnia, and frequent caffeine-related waking, limit caffeinated beverages to 12 hours before you want to be asleep.  

It is not recommended to drink matcha tea before bed.

The best time to drink matcha tea is anytime, with a 12-hour window before sleep. When to drink matcha is up to you based on your sleep issues. You know yourself best.  Drinking matcha at night may not be a good idea if sleep and insomnia are a concern for you.

If you are unsure when the best time to drink matcha tea is, drink some when you don’t have to go to bed early or wake up early in case it affects your sleep negatively.  

Only you can answer the question: “Will matcha keep you awake?”

Does matcha make you sleepy?

 

Some people are unaffected by caffeine, can drink caffeinated beverages, and fall asleep. These may be the people who say matcha makes me sleepy. Their sleep is not disturbed by drinking matcha at night.

Only you know if “matcha makes me sleepy.”

Can people with diabetes drink matcha tea?

 

The answer is yes; people with diabetes can drink matcha tea. There are many health benefits to drinking matcha tea for people with diabetes. Drinking matcha tea if you have diabetes should not negatively affect your blood sugar. Be careful of what matcha tea is mixed with; a healthy beverage could become a high-calorie, high-fat drink when mixed with creams and sugar.

Final Thoughts.

 

If you are concerned if matcha will keep you awake, consider if the caffeine from the tea leaves will affect you sleep in a negative way.  If you are sensitive to caffeine, them matcha will keep you awake.