Caffeine is a useful health product that can aid productivity and even lengthen your lifespan. However, high levels of caffeine after 2pm can mess with your sleep because you simply don’t get the rest that you need to succeed.
Caffeine is a stimulant that increases your metabolic rate by stimulating your heart and brain to work faster. This can be helpful at 8am, but not so great at 10pm when trying to sleep.
The most common way to find caffeine is through drinking coffee, however, you may be surprised to learn that caffeine comes from many other sources such as Ceylon tea, Green tea, cocoa and chocolate. Herbal remedies and energy tonics that make use of caffeine to get you going should declare this on their packaging.
Here are some tips to manage caffeine use:
1. Limit yourself to three cups of coffee per day.
2. Drink water, rooibos tea, mint tea or chamomile tea before bed.
3. Stop consuming caffeine at 2pm. It takes six hours to eliminate half the caffeine consumed, so you need to leave enough time for its stimulating effects to wear off before you climb into bed.
4. Drinking decaffeinated coffee can help limit your overall caffeine consumption, but remember even decaffeinated coffee contains some caffeine.
5. Find an alternative stimulant that doesn’t impact your sleep. Chew some gum, crush some ice chips, crunch on an apple and munch some nuts… these are all healthier ways to stay alert.