Coffee Before Bed: Should You Drink At Night Around Bedtime?

Coffee’s caffeine is famous for its ability to wake us up and clear our minds but does it help us sleep?

If you grew up in an Italian family like myself, you’d be accustomed to the traditional after dinner espresso; a drink I’ve always treated as a bit of a Russian Roulette.

Will my night time cup keep me from falling asleep or help me dream tonight?

It’s a bit of a gamble, I’ll be honest; but with a bit of personal exploration and bedtime experimentation, we can at least make progress toward the truth.

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Everyone’s body is different; therefor making this a bit of a fun journey into who we are.

Consider the prescription of drugs for those experiencing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD (Hyperactivity). Adderall, is one of the most widely known stimulants prescribed for these disorders.

But how does a stimulant, something you’d imagine to make you hyperactivity and unfocused, actually help calm those effected?

We’ll leave the neuroscience and brain biochemistry to the scientists but I believe caffeine and coffee’s ability to help or hinder your sleep is dependent on where you fall on this ADD spectrum.

Of course a self-diagnosis holds no weight, but it’s worth the bedtime coffee indulgence at Starbucks.

My last option here is always decaffeinated coffee, which I use as a sort of placebo; telling myself it’s regular coffee — that I will be as productive and focused as I usually am on my favorite brew.

Never underestimate the power of attitude going into a situation. You’re more often than not your own worst enemy.

Yerba Mate: The Super Drink with the “Strength of Coffee, the Health Benefits of Tea, and the Euphoria of Chocolate”

Yerba Mate is the superfood of beverages; supporting mental clarity and an awakened state of mind–it was discovered and consumed by the Guaraní people indigenous to Central and South America.

As an enthusiastic tea and coffee drinker, I was very excited to find Yerba Mate loose leaf in my local grocery store.

Though traditionally made and consumed in a mate gourd, pictured below, I prefer to use a loose leaf tea strainer ball or a french press.


Though you can opt for tea bag mate here

Guayaki Traditional Organic Mate Tea, 7.9 oz (225g), 75 Tea Bags

Yerba mate is incredibly enjoyable on the tongue; a quality most healthy consumables lack. I personally find the taste to be similar to some green teas.

In my experience and through research, the only flavor that’s really on a spectrum here is the amount of smokiness from brand to brand; but you can expect a bit of floral flowers on the nose and an earthy aroma.

The perceived mental clarity comes on rather quickly but smoothly; you aren’t flipped on like a switch–instead I find this soothing calm to wash over my head and down my back.

Yerba Mate doesn’t have much caffeine, though it does contain some. The invigorating energy stems from its unique character of polyphenols, one of the three major classes of antioxidants.

This is a drink you can use to relax or get busy working; I personally enjoy the productivity and clear focus Yerba Mate offers.

I very highly recommend trying out this 3-pack of canned and deliciously flavored Yerba Mate for under $5

Guayaki Yerba Mate Variety – 3 Pack

A little more information on Yerba Mate vs Coffee for those curious enough to consider making the switch or supplementing your daily energy boosts!

Blogging 101: How to Grow Your Blog, Gain a Following and Maintain an Audience | Tips and Tricks

You’ve read a couple articles promising followers on Instagram, page likes on Facebook and ad clicks on your website but nothing’s seemed to truly rake in the numbers.

In the beginning, we all get a blank canvas to work with; though this can either be a blessing or a curse for some, let’s do our best to stay focused and stick to the plan.

Everyone will tell you to get a nice DSLR camera (the large fancy ones), a softbox or umbrella for lighting and an expensive microphone since all the big Youtube channels use that, right?

Don’t. Don’t invest all this money behind your name before you have the content to back it up; and the bold truth is this takes work.

This means brainstorming and looking for your next blog post idea or video opportunity.

Though sometimes, the content will come to you, this is a dangerous perspective to hold because it puts your environment in control of you.

Content is King.

For me, this means always carrying around a little notebook or notepad.

Write 10 New / Good Ideas a Day.

This habit is a reliable way to gain a steady following through your innovative content.

Some people will preach SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but even a blog or channel without the content will still fail.

Unfortunately for the lazy, this means starting to get into amateur photography and video.

Today, text articles are very rarely enough.

Formatting Makes You Famous.

Emulate the greats and fake it ’til you make it.

Don’t plagiarize your favorite bloggers and Youtubers, but you need to be fine with using them as inspiration; role models are there to provide guidance.

Time used to perfect your craft is time never wasted.

Always invest in yourself.

Set attainable goals.

Keep it simple.


Learning, Adaptation and Growth: Why Your Ability to Discover is Your Most Desirable Asset

Let’s cut to the chase, you’re not growing if you can’t learn; and you’re not learning if you don’t seek to understand.

In a day and age where information is more readily available than ever, you’d imagine the passion for knowledge to be much better represented than it currently is.

Your yearning to uncover the mysteries of life should become your most valued trait.

Employers don’t want to know how well you can regurgitate the information you already know; there is a much more respectable quality to acquire–the love for the unknown and your capacity to find the answers to the questions you’ve yet to ask.

When you learn to love previously uncomfortable situations, you may come to find yourself better equipped to tackle the obstacles you were once afraid of.

To take a lesson from the Transcendentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller; challenge yourself to overcome the frontier, the forefront of discover.

Check out Walden (Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau, arguable the most famous and influential figure of the Transcendentalist Movement.

Walden (Life in the Woods)

With an ever increasing amount of information at our disposal, we still find ourselves apathetic to the uncovering of new knowledge.

Your most admirable attribute should become your affection for analyzing problems and unearthing answers.

Consider purchasing this self-help book, Unfu*k Yourself, for more motivational advice on getting inspired to work harder, work smarter and become more productive.

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

One of the most important things to remember on this journey is questions will always outnumber answers, but this should be more satisfying than discouraging–think of it as job security; you will never plateau and always have more excitement to find.


Productivity: How to use Tea and Coffee to Permanently Establish the Right Attitude, Mindset and Work Ethic

The first thing that comes to mind when I think tea and coffee is–Caffeine, and how widespread this drug is being used in all the wrong ways.

What often happens to coffee and tea drinkers, is they become mentally and habitually  dependent on their morning, afternoon and/or evening beverage of choice.

Herbal Tea does not contain caffeine.

We are discussing caffeinated teas.

What you need to start doing is using caffeine to establish a permanent attitude towards your work and productivity.

Don’t use tea and/or coffee to 

  • Wake up
  • Stay awake
  • Relax

Use tea and/or coffee when you are set up and ready to get working–this means dedicating time to tidying up your work-space.

Your desk on caffeine should be as inviting as a well made bed at the end of a long night of drinking.

What we want to do is condition ourselves to be as productive and efficient as possible while experiencing the effects of our beverage.

An incredible selection of different k-cups to try if you’re looking for a new brand of coffee to enjoy.
Coffee Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count (selection may vary)

We want the mindset that for the next 30 to 60 minutes, we are going to work as focused and motivated as possible.

The end goal is retiring the need for coffee and tea, but this is only done through habit and putting effort toward improving our mentality towards work.

Most dreams go to die within the confines of our own mind.

We tell ourselves we’re tired–that we don’t want to work–that we won’t succeed unless we get that extra push.

The pessimistic attitude will never fail to stop our momentum.

My personal favorite green tea, Matcha, is some of the best you can buy.
Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic, Authentic Japanese Origin – Classic Culinary Grade (Smoothies, Lattes, Baking, Recipes) – Antioxidants, Energy [30g Starter Size]

We want decaf to be as influential as caffeinated, because drug dependency is only another weight on our shoulders–an anchor preventing you from achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Tai Topez on Entrepreneurs: Why “Reading A Book A Day” isn’t Necessarily the Best Thing You Could Be Doing to Become Successful

The More You Learn, The More You’ll Earn” – Youtuber Tai Lopez says quoting the famously rich Warren Buffet.

The Good Life: Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness.

“This isn’t a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme”

With 70 million views, Tai Lopez’s fame comes from this viral video of him showing off his Lamborghini, then proceeding to brag about his 7 new bookcases he had to install because he’s recently been reading a book a day.

Tai Lopez is nothing more than a meme to the majority of people laughing at his sensationally viral youtube debut, but what sort of truth can be extrapolate from his channel of videos.

I want to clarify that is article isn’t some fanboy advertisement for the youtube star, but he’s a great current and relevant example of someone who preaches this rags to riches story.

Tai preaches this KSE strategy: Knowledge, Strategy, Execution. You can find this information in one of his introductory videos at his Youtube Channel.

Knowledge: Know every facet of the field you’re trying to penetrate

Strategy: Develop an attainable action plan

Execution: Successfully follow through with a well planned out attack on your field of interest.

Instead of reading a book a day, it’s better to read one really specific book in your targeted field a week.

You want to work smarter, not harder.

There won’t be success is reading the wrong books every day.

You need to make a conscious effort to seek the right information.

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Life Hack: Using Mentality and Perspective to Create a Social World that Best Suits You

As times passes, we get comfortable in the world and how it treats us; not often do we consider how big of an impact our view of life can both negatively and positively influence our happiness.

Today, we’re going to discuss how our perspective and mentality going into situations can help us create the world we wish to live in.

Somewhere along the way you decided to just let life tell you what is right and what is wrong; you failed to question why things are the way they are. I’m here to explain how you can start truly living a life free of social constraints.

It starts will being more observant of your actions and how you approach situations. Why do we avoid walking in the fresh, smooth grass in favor of the hard pavement?

Why are we afraid of discussing how old someone is?

When did we decide to limit ourselves to how we think people will view us?


We sacrifice our comfort and our happiness when we play the game of fame. We don’t need to look or act like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Christiano Ronaldo, etc..

We just need to have a positive role model, and set realistic expectations for ourselves. Find value in the qualities you see as most desirable and fulfilling.

We fail to question how we received these ideal images of the shoes we just can not fill.

Life is filled with bullsh*t rules. Identify them before being set in the social mold.

MySpace: How the Social Media Giant Thrived and Died

Tom from MySpace, Anderson. Everyone from the golden age of the MySpace Era knows of the mastermind behind the now dead social media site but how did MySpace win and lose our hearts?

MySpace offered us the ability to fully customize every little detail about our profile – this, though both a blessing and a curse, gave MySpace its unique character for a budding social media site.

MySpace provided profile themes for those who lacked the knowledge to manually program and write software for their site. Though these tools are very strong in the right hands, they are also useless in the hands of those without the know-how.

Facebook doesn’t offer even 10% of the customizability that MySpace had to offer, but this is what enabled their base to grow. MySpace was a programmers safe-haven.

Pictured: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is to Apple, as MySpace is to Android.

Apple is very user friendly, doing all the work for you – while over on the android Linux mobile operating system environment, you can fully customize your phone and install an endless amount of third party software.

I’d personally love to see if there’s a relationship between those who love Apple / Mac / iPhone and Facebook vs those who love Linux / Android and MySpace.

The tools are only useful in hands of those who know how to use them.

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