Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on earth: It’s full of flavonoids that can help reduce inflammation, aids in lowering bad cholesterol and can lessen your chances of heart attack or stroke, Harvard Medical School tells us—all important factors to counteract the effects of the day-old cheese stick and half a sleeve of crackers you sometimes refer to as “lunch.” But does this mean you can drink green tea before bed and reap all its healthy benefits? The short answer: No. Well, not if you want to get a good night’s sleep.
While there’s three times more caffeine in one cup of coffee than there is in a mug of green tea (95 milligrams to about 30), this doesn’t make green tea a bedtime drink. In fact, it’s something you should avoid drinking in the evening in the same way you wouldn’t have a cup of caffeinated coffee an hour or two before bed.