Update: It appears that this product is no longer available.
A friend recently told me about a new product created by a local Vancouver company. It’s called Counting Sheep Coffee, and it helps you sleep!
Being someone who drinks a quite a lot of coffee (sometimes late into the day), it’s nice to know that there’s an alternative to the conventional cuppa’ joe. I’ve recently noticed that on the evenings that I drink coffee at 6 pm or later I end up spending the night feeling restless, anxious and unable to fall sleep.
Counting Sheep Coffee is decaffeinated and contains a natural sedative (valerian root) to help you relax and make you feel sleepy.
I enlisted my husband’s help to test it.
It was just after 9 pm. We brewed a pot of the Lights Out! blend and set out some playing cards so that we could have a game while we enjoyed our hot drinks.
Both of us were immediately impressed by the aroma and flavour. It tastes like coffee… rich, bold, full-bodied coffee!
After another sip, we noticed a slightly herbal undertone, which I assume is the flavour of the valerian root. It reminded me of the first time I tried chicory coffee. Not bad by any means! Just unfamiliar.
Our card game didn’t go well. Within 5 minutes my husband and I were both drifting off. We were already feeling tired that night, and after having a few sips of Lights Out! we struggled to keep our eyes open.
I was convinced that the product worked, but I was curious to know what the effects would be if I tried it out earlier in the day when I was less tired. I spent several weeks testing it under varying conditions and this is the pattern that I discovered:
When I drink the coffee after supper (around 6 pm) and feel alert – it makes me feel relaxed and less anxious, but not drowsy.
When I drink it at 8 pm or later and feel alert – I have the same results as above, but if I do go to bed I drift off to sleep quickly.
If I drink it at any time during the evening when I am already tired – I struggle to keep my eyes open and fall asleep easily.
I’m really glad to have found this product and will continue to drink it on evenings when I could use a little help winding down!
If you’d like to learn more about Counting Sheep Coffee products (which are available by the bag, as well as in single serve K-Cup pods), be sure to visit their website.
You can also find them on Twitter.
Are you excited to try Counting Sheep Coffee? Have you tried it already?
*I was not compensated for this post. I received a free product sample for review purposes. This post reflects my results with using the product, which may or may not differ from your own experiences.