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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.