What Makes us Tick: 5 ways to Kick the Caffeine
To kick-start the year, we're Kicking the Caffeine to help make our nights peaceful and our days bright! Here are our top 5 ways to cut down on that pesky caffeine and to enjoy a better night's sleep:
1. Kick the cappuccino and forget the fizzy drinks
We all know that coffee contains caffeine but you will also find plenty of caffeine in many fizzy drinks and even in chocolate. Try swapping out these caffeine spikes and sugary highs for something a little healthier to help reduce your caffeine intake. You might just feel calmer and more energised for longer!
2. Replace Green Tea with Green Rooibos Tea
It is a common misconception that green tea is caffeine free. In fact, black teas and green teas are made from the same tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, and both contain caffeine. Why not replace your normal green tea with a cup of Green Rooibos? Made using rooibos leaves and traditional green tea-making techniques, green rooibos is refreshing, gentle and light, and is also low in tannins, meaning it has absolutely no bitterness.
3. Eat lighter meals before bed
Eating a big heavy meal before bed can cause sleep problems because the body continues to digest instead of winding down for rest. Nutritional expert Fiona Hunter recommends having a light meal around three hours before you plan to go to sleep. If you do get peckish, try eating a small carb-based snack, such as a bowl of cereal... and avoid the chocolate!
4. Cut down on those cocktails
Drinking too much alcohol can also keep you awake at night by causing your blood sugar level to drop. The following day, as you feel the effects of the night before, you're more likely to reach for those high caffeine hits, potentially reducing the quality of that night's sleep too. Nutritionist Fiona Hunter suggests reducing alcohol and drinking only caffeine free drinks for at least 6 hours before you go to sleep to help you get a really good night's rest.
5. Drink lots of Tick Tock tea!
All of Tick Tock's rooibos teas are 100% naturally caffeine free which means that you can enjoy a cup at any time of the day. Rooibos comes from a different plant to green and black teas. Called aspalathus linearis, it has absolutely no caffeine in its make-up - so reach for your rooibos and may your dreams be sweet!