• The Caffeine Caution

    by Lauren King, PsyD
    on Mar 30th, 2017

Surprising Products that Contain Caffeine and Could Be Keeping You Up at Night

Caffeine is a stimulant that helps individuals stay awake and remain alert during the day. However, because it is a stimulant, it negatively affects sleep at night. People who drink more than 250 to 300 mg of caffeine daily are more likely to experience sleep problems. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it can also lead to frequent episodes of having to get out of bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It increases restlessness and can increase anxiety. Most people know that caffeine is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks and sodas. However, there are many other products that contain caffeine.

Here are some products that contain caffeine that may surprise you:

Coffee or chocolate ice cream

Chocolate

Hot chocolate

Some shampoos and conditioners

Eye creams

Body Lotions

Anti-aging face creams

Makeup

Some pain relievers, especially headache medicine

Weight loss pills/appetite suppressants

Decaffeinated coffee (often still contains varying amounts of caffeine)

Flavored waters

Dietary supplements

Protein/energy bars

 

Caffeine actually stays in your body’s system for up to 6 hours, which is longer than you may realize. In order to avoid caffeine affecting your sleep, it is suggested you eliminate caffeine after 2:00 pm. You can also reduce the amount of caffeine you are drinking in the morning by having half caffeinated and half decaffeinated coffee.

If you are having sleep difficulties, call Bluepoint Medical Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep specialists today.

Author Lauren King, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CBT-I Provider

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