Sleep Tip #3
Coffee… Coffee… Coffee…
Coffee is delicious … don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it! It’s such a social drink – “I’ll meet you for a coffee” pops up in our conversations with friends & colleagues all the time. The smell of it is intoxicating & hugging a nice warm cappuccino whilst you plan your day or chat to your partner is downright fabulous.
But you have to be careful just how long you let your love affair with coffee linger throughout the day. And it is important to be aware of the potential downsides of coffee consumption and here’s WHY:-
- Coffee is an energising drink – and yes – it can help us to power through our mornings but ….
- Caffeine is a stimulant, and it can take several hours for the effects to wear off.
- One of the main problems with drinking coffee late in the day is that it can stop you from naturally relaxing at night.
- As a result, drinking coffee in the afternoon or evening (or roughly 6 hours before bed time) can make it harder to fall asleep at night and can lead to poorer quality sleep. Consuming caffeine 6 hours before bed time could reduce sleep time by ONE HOUR!
- In addition, caffeine can exacerbate certain sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
- Caffeine-interrupted sleep can lead to sleep deprivation the following day, leaving you fatigued and struggling with things such as learning, memory, problem-solving and emotion regulation.
- Caffeine notably reduces the time of slow-wave sleep which is the stage of deep, restful sleep that leaves us feeling refreshed & alert in the morning.
Even though caffeine can boost performance slightly, it is no substitute for what a restful night of sleep can do for you.
If you do crave a cup of coffee in the late afternoon or evening, stick with decaffeinated coffee, a hot chocolate or try something different like a herbal tea.
(Take me back to the pretty pyjamas now please.)
Wishing you good nights & days ahead.