Happy New Year! As we enter the new year, it’s only natural that we set new goals to accomplish and dreams to chase. Achieving those goals and fulfilling those dreams often means investing in your health and optimising your daily wellness routine. With the year we have all had we are now more than ever looking to boost our health, immune system, and metabolism. Matcha green tea, the powdered green tea introduced to Japan in the late 12th century, remains the green tea of choice not only for use in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies but also for the myriad of health benefits it delivers. Will matcha keep me awake you ask. Read on to learn more about how matcha can help you to take charge of your day and ultimately your year, without ruining your sleep.

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The benefits of drinking matcha

Matcha has attained superfood status because the manner in which it is processed – with the leaves shaded then stone-ground into a fine powder – ensures that its antioxidant content is well-preserved. On the other hand, regular green tea must be steeped in water prior to consumption, which reduces its antioxidant profile. The antioxidant in matcha that gets the most attention is the catechin referred to as ‘epigallocatechin gallate’ (EGCG). EGCG is the perfect accompaniment to any weight-loss regimen. Another way in which matcha green tea can help with your weight-loss objectives is through appetite suppression, allowing you to go without food for longer periods. Not convinced? Just check out this study which clearly demonstrated matcha’s ability to reduce BMI.

Beyond the purely physical benefits, matcha can allow you to maintain focus when it really matters. Matcha green tea contains a compound called L-theanine, which has psychoactive properties proven to bring about focus, boost our mood and even give us a good night’s sleep. When compared to regular green tea, matcha is by far the superior choice. Regular green tea contains just 3.8mg of L-theanine; matcha green tea is said to contain many times that amount.

Moreover, the potentially jitter-inducing side-effects of the caffeine in matcha green tea are tempered by its slow release effect and L-theanine content. This makes it a desirable alternative to coffee. In consuming matcha green tea, you’ll also find yourself much more chirpy and alert. That’s because it increases the production of two key chemicals released by our brains: serotonin and dopamine. It is these benefits that make matcha green tea the perfect sidekick when you need to study or deliver a project with a tight deadline.

As for whether matcha will keep you up at night…

Caffeine is ultimately a stimulant and can have a negative impact on your biological clock. This can keep you awake at night and reduce the quality of your sleep when it finally comes. Unless you actually need to pull an all-nighter, you can avoid this by following these trusty guidelines:

  1. avoid consuming matcha after 2.00pm; and
  2. practise good sleep hygiene!

These two things will ensure that the desire to sleep comes over you at a reasonable time and help you to sleep better at night.

Will Matcha keep me awake at night?

Not at all! Matcha will only keep you awake at night if that’s what you really want. In summary, matcha has powerful energising properties. As long as you avoid consuming it after 2pm in the afternoon you should not experience any disruption in your sleep due to Matcha consumption.

Check out the Matcha Tea online store to purchase our 100% natural, organic matcha green tea powder. And kick start your New Year adventures.