Counting Sheep Extra Strength Lights Out Coffee #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

5 Minutes for Mom contributor Jennifer Donovan is here to share a tasty giveaway with you. This is a sponsored post and she received a product sample to aid the writing of this giveaway.

I like coffee, and especially if I’m having a special dessert at night, or if it’s a little chilly, I sometimes like a cup of coffee in the evening. But as I’ve gotten older, my body is more sensitive to caffeine. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who has gotten a poor night’s sleep because of a strong decaf latte enjoyed during a night out?

When I heard about Counting Sheep Coffee — the decaf coffee that also contains valerian root, I wanted to try it out. I’ve heard several friends mention valerian root to be an effective sleep aid, but I hadn’t tried it yet. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity.

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I was sent ground coffee as well as K-cups. I think the K-cup is usually going to be the perfect delivery vehicle, because you are likely just drinking one cup. This weekend,  I encouraged my husband to join me in a cup as we ate my daughter’s birthday cupcakes, so I used the ground coffee to make half a pot for us to share.

He was skeptical. He’s been burned as well, lying in bed, sleepless, after drinking caffeine (or responding to decaf) as well.

I liked the flavor. I was a little concerned that the herbal additive would give it a flavor, but it didn’t. I like a bold coffee, and this delivered. I think I actually made it a little too strong, which sometimes turns a pot totally bitter, and this didn’t, although next time I will add a little less coffee.

I was actually slightly worried that we’d zonk out before we wanted to, since we drank it while we were finishing up a movie. We didn’t, but I wound down nicely, and when it was time to go to sleep, I drifted off quickly and easily, and even more important — I stayed asleep. I have taken sleep aids before which caused me to awaken at 4:30 or 5am. I don’t mind waking up early, but not THAT early.

I was checking out Counting  Sheep’s Facebook page, and I found this fun and inspiring video:

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Do you enjoy an evening cup of coffee or occasionally take a sleep aid? I loved combining the two and hopefully you will too.

 



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Jenn W July 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I usually have an evening cup of coffee… and sleep just fine :)

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2 nicolthepickle July 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I love coffee, although if it’s in the evening I drink decaf. I don’t use sleep aids.

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3 Mary July 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I enjoy a cup of coffee at morning, afternoon and evening time. Its totally relaxing!

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4 Kristen July 31, 2014 at 10:49 pm

We do sometimes drink coffee in the evening.

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5 courtney hennagir August 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

I love my coffee! I use melatonin every now and then if I can’t sleep.

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6 Pat B August 1, 2014 at 2:13 am

I usually have a relaxing herbal tea…but this sounds perfect

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7 @n210ss August 1, 2014 at 4:54 am

Yes, I have that evening cup of coffee!

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8 Dawn Monroe August 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

I have a pot on all day long. I’m actually teased by my family for drinking coffee all day and night. I enjoy a cup before bed too.

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9 Marisa August 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

I have been know to enjoy an occasional cup of coffee in the evening but like you find myself feeling the effects of the caffeine long into the night.

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10 anne August 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

I have a wake-up coffee each morning. Late day I have herbal tea.

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11 Meagan bs August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

I can’t drink coffee at night, it keeps me up!

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12 vickie couturier August 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I usually have the coffee when I cant sleep,,so yes to both questions

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13 DEBIJOT August 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I enjoy an evening cup of coffee.

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14 Donna Dorothy August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I love having coffee at night…I usually can’t go to sleep though for hours! This is the answer to my prayers!!! AWESOME!!

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15 Beth Cole August 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I need a second cup of coffee in the evening!

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16 Linda Kish August 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I use Calms Forte if I need something for sleep. I don’t drink coffee after noon.

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17 Courtney August 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I can’t sleep without a sleep aid unfortunately

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18 Terra Heck August 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I like to drink coffee but don’t normally take sleep aids. Thanks.

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19 Christine W August 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

No I rarely have coffee in the evening but would love to try this out

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20 Natalie S August 5, 2014 at 1:39 am

Sometimes, yes, since I tend to stay up after the kids are all in bed and asleep so I can tidy up, wash dishes, check email and social media, etc.

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21 Deland Jessop August 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

Thanks for the write up and the comments. We hope everyone enjoys the coffee. It is a food product, so don’t expect it to replace medication, but the process of relaxing with a nice warm cup (or iced in this weather) coupled with the herb makes for a very enjoyable bedtime or evening experience. Thanks again!

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22 Katie Mitchell August 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I love my coffee, and I also have been prescribed sleep aids in the past, and have recently tried melatonin to help my sleeping habits. Would love to try this.

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23 Austin Baroudi August 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I drink coffee all day long!

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24 Peggy Ethier August 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I love Counting Sheep coffee. I don’t take sleep aids. It is the full body richness and flavour that appeals to me. I am constantly trying new decafs looking for the ultimate. I believe with Counting Sheep I have found it!

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25 Idaho Jill August 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I’ve never taken a sleep aid, I am a pretty good sleeper. Sometimes we have coffee if we are out, but normally not at night at home.

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26 Cheryl Free August 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

I keep odd hours and drink coffee all night long, but never decaf.

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27 BusyWorkingMama August 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

I could have used one of these last night! I was up too late and too stressed to sleep!

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28 kristen mcclary August 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

sleep aid sometimes i could never drink coffee at night

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29 Kathy stevenson August 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

I do both so this would be great!

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30 Brittany August 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I love coffee anytime but yes sometimes it does mess with sleeping

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31 Meghan Finley August 8, 2014 at 12:59 am

I rarely have an evening cup of coffee

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32 Vivian Sun August 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

No evening coffee but I will drink one in the afternoon to wake me up haha

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33 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I enjoy coffee all day. I really do like to drink it at night.

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34 Cindy Brooks August 9, 2014 at 12:54 am

I have a medical condition making it difficult to sleep, so I use a sleep aid every night.

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35 Sunnymay August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I usually have Chamomile tea if I have trouble resting.

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36 Madeline August 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I enjoy coffee at almost any time, although I try not to drink it past 4 p.m.

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37 Steph August 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I sometimes take a PM sleep aid or a Benadryl.

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38 Shawna O August 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I love having a cup of coffee on a cold night or with dessert, but I sometimes pass because I don’t want to have a hard time falling asleep. I’d Love to try Counting Sheep coffee.

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39 Danielle Lima August 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I use sleep aids every night.

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40 danielle August 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I love coffee at every time of the day

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41 Claire August 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I love drinking coffee at night… just finished my evening cup, actually!

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42 mrsshukra August 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I can drink decaf in the evening!

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43 samantha wagner August 10, 2014 at 1:13 am

I don’t drink coffee, my husband does rarely.

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44 Cynthia C August 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

I occasionally have coffee in the evening and do not take sleep aids.

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45 Amy Pratt August 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

I occasionally have to take a sleep aid, so I don’t drink coffee before bed.

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46 Mary Casper August 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

I do not drink any coffee past about 5pm because it keeps me awake. I have tried sleep aids but then I feel groggy in the morning

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47 ELIZABETH C. August 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

Definitely no sleep aids. Yes, I do drink coffee at night.

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48 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

i never drink coffee at night & i dont take sleep aids

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49 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

My hubby loves a cup of coffee at night before bed.
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50 Barbara Montag August 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Yes I have coffee in the evening – it doesn’t disturb my sleep.
thank you

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51 Deb Ford August 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I have coffee in the evenings all the time…I don’t ever need a sleep aid to get to sleep.

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52 Linda Lansford August 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

occasionally I take a sleep aid.

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53 gayle gildehaus August 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

I drink decaf in the evening and do not take sleep aids.

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54 Heather S. August 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

I usually have to take some sort of sleep aid to relax and get to sleep. I enjoy drinking iced coffee from time to time.

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55 Casondra king August 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Yes both I always have a hard time sleeping at night

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56 Emily R. August 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I love an evening cup of coffee. It doesn’t affect my sleep ;)

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57 heather August 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I love an occasional cup of coffee especial when it is could outside.

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58 allyson tice August 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I love having my nightly cup of coffee! It helps me calm and relax before bed!

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59 Melissa August 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

yes and yes! i love my coffee but i do take something to sleep

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60 Nannypanpan August 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I enjoy an evening cup of coffee

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61 Amanda Fuscone August 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I drink evening coffee and other times I take a sleep aid.

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62 CR Williams August 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Neither for me.

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63 Andrea Amy August 13, 2014 at 12:44 am

I generally stay away from coffee in the evening so it won’t keep me awake, but would love to be able to have one some nights :)

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64 jeni lutz August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

I have a cup of coffee ever evening

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65 Helga August 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

I can only drink herbal tea at night or I don’t sleep.

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66 Leona P August 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I drink coffee in the evening

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67 Marianna August 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I work night shift – so I drink coffee all night long and sleep fine during the day!

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68 Dara Nix August 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I DO enjoy a cup (or two) of coffee in the evening and I DO take a sleep aid in the evening (non-prescription). I have a LOT of trouble sleeping at night and wonder if this Valarian Root would work for me!

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69 kathy dalton August 16, 2014 at 8:39 am

I always have an evening cup of coffee

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70 shaunie August 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Would have to say that an evening with coffee

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71 Marlena U. August 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

I love coffee but only drink it in the morning because of sleep issues. I do take a sleep medication to help me fall asleep and stay asleep. This would be the best of both worlds!

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72 Marlena U. August 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

The school supply and Target giveaway in the extra entry link is already closed! :(

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73 Lorena Keech August 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

For health reason, I gave up caffeine a couple of years ago. But before that, I stopped drinking coffee in the evening, not because it kept me awake but because it gave me indigestion.

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74 anna August 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

never have any problems with sleeping and coffee – drink it all the time! It’s great at bed time – calms me down.

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75 John Kirkpatrick August 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I rarely enjoy an evening cup of coffee & alcohol is about the only sleep aid I have used.

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76 Douglas Houston August 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I occasionally have an evening cup of decaf coffee.

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77 Alyce Poalillo August 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I do not drink coffee at night and I do once in a while have trouble sleeping so take something, usually something natural to help me get to sleep.

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78 Samii Meyer August 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

I take prescription sleep aid to help me sleep.

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79 Karen Drake August 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

I do drink coffee in the evenings once in a while. I take sleep medications to sleep so the coffee isn’t a problem.

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80 Kelley Roach August 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I enjoy an evening cup of coffee.

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81 Lisa V. August 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I do like having a cup of coffee after dinner.

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82 stephanie baker August 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Many evenings we curl up together on the couch with dessert & a cup of coffee. Sometimes we do decaf, but really it doesn’t affect our sleeping. I haven’t needed sleep aids since I became a mommy, but depended on them in my 20′s!

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83 Heather Giovannitti August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I do occasionally take a sleep aid, but only valerian. I do not have coffee at night, because I never met a yummy decaf…lol. I would like to though!

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84 Nancy August 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

An evening coffee is fine for me.

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85 Jill Myrick August 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I enjoy drinking coffee any time of day but usually drink it first thing in the morning and again of a night. As a insomniac I normally do have to take a sleep aid to go to sleep of a night.

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86 Belinda Shaw August 20, 2014 at 2:50 am

I usually enjoy my coffee in the early mornings.

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87 deana c August 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

I do you enjoy an evening cup of coffee!

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88 Brenda Elsner August 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

I enjoy a cup of coffee before going to bed.

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89 Karen Matlock August 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

I have one cup of coffee in the morning. I can’t drink it at night :)

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90 Erica B. August 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

Sometimes have an evening cup.

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91 Jane Squires August 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Both – I always have coffee in my hand. And sometimes due to arthritis have to take a sleep aid.

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92 Crystal Rose August 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Sometimes I like coffee at night.

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93 Debra Hall August 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

i love a cup in the evenings

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94 Tram Le August 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I enjoy an evening cup of coffee.

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95 alice elzey August 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I love coffee in the evening.

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96 Mihaela Day August 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I usually have an evening cup of coffee but it doesn’t affect my sleep

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97 Maria Dollar August 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Any time is a good time for coffee

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98 Venus m. August 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I would love to drink coffee before bed but I am always afraid of not being able to fall asleep.

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99 Alona Y August 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I usually drink coffee a little too late, like late afternoon. Coffee at night has happened before!

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100 Sallee Crummel Glickler August 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I may have an herbal tea…I have to avoid coffee at night or I’m up at 3 am baking!

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101 April Gray August 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I love coffee anytime! I only use sleep aids when traveling or when I’m really stressed out.

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102 Samantha K August 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I don’t but my boyfriend drinks a cup of coffee before heading to bed. It helps him fall asleep :)

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103 Renee Walters August 21, 2014 at 12:12 am

I sometimes drink coffee in the evening.

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104 Sue J. August 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

No coffee, but I have taken Melatonin!

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105 heather c August 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

I love coffee at night, and if I really need to, I’ll take melatonin to get sleep.

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106 Sand August 21, 2014 at 1:59 am

Yes, I sometimes drink coffee at night but always need a sleep aid.

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107 Leela August 21, 2014 at 4:56 am

Coffee at night.

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108 J Spatafora August 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

an evening cup of coffee… ? Yes Please…. Sleep just fine

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109 Barb Stenby August 21, 2014 at 7:13 am

Coffee is delightful after dinner. It doesn’t bother my sleep pattern. I do have trouble sleeping sometimes if I have something on my mind.

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110 cynthia Painter August 21, 2014 at 7:14 am

I usually don’t drink coffee in the evening!

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111 Brenda Penton August 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

I love an evening cup of coffee, I find it relaxing

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112 Donna K August 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

Sometimes I need something for sleep.

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113 Jenny Q. August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

I do enjoy an evening cup of coffee, but it usually doesn’t affect my sleep.

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114 susan smoaks August 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

i love coffee. i never take a sleep aid but i do have trouble falling asleep at times.

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115 Jaime August 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

I don’t usually drink coffee at night.

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116 DanV August 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

I sometimes enjoy late coffee if it’s decaf, but try to avoid sleep aids if I can

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117 Lori Bazan August 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

I enjoy coffee anytime including in the evening. I do not take sleep aids but maybe should

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118 lisa kay August 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I Love my Coffee even at night!

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