A New Kind of Coffee Claims It Will Put You Right to Sleep

Insomniacs might want to start having a cup of coffee right before  bed. That sounds counterintuitive, but a company called Counting Sheep Coffee has devised a new java recipe that will actually help you fall asleep. Instead of worrying that a late-day cup of joe will keep you up, you can have a late-night cup confident that it’ll send you straight to bed.


The open secret of Counting Sheep Coffee is valerian root, a plant-based sedative that’s all natural and approved by the FDA. Company founder Deland Jessop began tinkering with the idea of creating a calmer, gentler coffee after his wife mentioned drinking it in the afternoon kept her up at night. Although he went down several herbal dead ends in his quest, valerian – which has long been recognized for its sleep promoting properties in Europe – worked most effectively.   

The coffee comes in two varieties: “Bedtime Blend / 40 Winks” and what the company say is its strongest sleepy time blend, “Lights Out!”

Counting Sheep Coffee is based in Vancouver, but getting your hands on a supply is fairly easy from anywhere. It’s currently sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, or you can order it online from Amazon. For more, visit the company site here

(h/t TIME)

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