Coffee and Sleep
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Coffee is a substance known by almost everybody around the world. Many claim it is their oxygen, while others simply drink it to wake up. Caffeine is a stimulant just like methamphetamine, but it just doesn’t come with all of the detrimental effects meth has.
Most people drink coffee for the large amounts of caffeine it has in it. They drink it to feel wired, to wake up, and mostly to be alert. Many drink it to stay up and finish assignments late at night, others after only sleeping a few hours, some drink it to stay awake during long drives, many drink it for the taste, etc. Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. However, studies show that moderate intake of coffee does not pose any detrimental effects to one’s health. Three eight ounce doses of coffee a day is seen as a moderate consumption of coffee, while five or more cups is seen as an excessive amount.
Many physicians and researchers warn people over and over about how caffeine cannot work as a replacement for sleep. Caffeine temporarily blocks sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain. It is also said to increase adrenaline production. That is why it makes people feel so alert and rids them of their sleep. However, studies have shown that sleep takes a huge toll on the body. It alters the biological clock and can deprive one of sleep late at night.
Researchers are finding new discoveries that portray coffees actual effects on sleep. They are making different discoveries that show that coffee affects night owls and morning people in different ways. Some studies have shown that most people should make a cut off time of 2 P.M. for their last cup of coffee. Anything after is almost guaranteed to affect one’s sleep. Caffeine has been linked to being the reason some people just lay there at night without being able to sleep. It has been revealed that caffeine can steal up to forty minutes of one’s regular sleeping cycle. It is the reason many people wake up and feel as though they have not slept at all. It makes it harder for them to sleep, and make them wake up drained. Then they just go off and drink more coffee, and begin the cycle again.
A few cups of coffee can remain in one’s system all day. The effects caffeine has on people can last all day long for those sensitive to caffeine, and up to six hours for others. Coffee also works as an appetite suppressant and it dehydrates the cells in the human body. That is one of the reasons people tend to crash as well. Coffee has that effect. It can either wake you up, or make you want to fall asleep as soon as it is gone. Since it suppresses one’s appetite and they tend to forget to drink water, it makes them crash at the end of the day. They are both nutrient deprived and running on very few calories.
Many don’t take the time to realize that there are others way to stay up and coffee isn’t a necessity. This article is not meant to scare readers and steer them away from coffee, it is just meant to inform the world about the effects of coffee on the human body and on one’s sleep cycle. Seeking alternatives to coffee might be a good choice for those who drink excessive amounts of caffeine. Either drink less, or quit it cold turkey.