Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How does drinking coffee affect sleep?

Certified Nurse Practitioner Rhoda Chamberlain discusses how drinking coffee affects sleep. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How does drinking coffee affect sleep?

So coffee does affect sleep, and I love a good cup of Joe in the mornings. It can help you be more alert during the day. The problem is, is coffee contains caffeine, regular coffee and caffeine has an ingredient in it that makes our go to sleep chemicals in our brain shut off. So our body is staying alert a lot longer. So even if we just have a couple of cups during the day, when we finally do go to sleep, we're not getting that restful and restorative sleep to tackle the next day.

 

You may know that caffeine stimulates your brain. But did you know its effects can last long after your energy boost wears off? That’s because it takes your body three to seven hours to metabolize a half serving of caffeine. So if you rely on coffee, tea or soda to get through the afternoon, you could pay the price at night. You may have trouble falling or staying asleep. And, once you do sleep, the caffeine can disrupt your sleep patterns, keeping you from getting the restful, restorative deep REM sleep.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Rhoda Chamberlain, APRN, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine

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