Counting Sheep Extra Strength Lights Out Coffee #Giveaway

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.


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.



  1. Dawn Monroe says

    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.

  2. Marisa says

    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.

  3. Donna Dorothy says

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

  4. Natalie S says

    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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

  7. Shawna O says

    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.

  8. Mary Casper says

    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

  9. Heather S. says

    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.

  10. Andrea Amy says

    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 :)

  11. Dara Nix says

    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!

  12. Marlena U. says

    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!

  13. Lorena Keech says

    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.

  14. anna says

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

  15. Alyce Poalillo says

    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.

  16. Karen Drake says

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

  17. stephanie baker says

    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!

  18. Heather Giovannitti says

    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!

  19. Jill Myrick says

    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.


  20. Barb Stenby says

    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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