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Here’s the Latest Time You Can Drink Coffee And Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep, According to Science as reported by Melissa Chu for Medium/Lifestyle, 11 March 2019.
Most people use coffee as fuel to feel alert and energized during the day. Besides perking up tired office employees, it’s become a luxury good, a hobby, and an opportunity for people to meet up. The benefits don’t stop there. Coffee has high amounts of nutrients and antioxidants, and studies have linked the beverage to lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The caffeine present in coffee can improve your mood and brain function as well.
But that caffeine also has a dark side. Regular consumption leads to tolerance, where the drinker needs a higher dosage to get the same brain-boosting effects as before, and abstinence can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritation. Drinking coffee could also be lowering the quality of your sleep. We commonly hear advice about not drinking coffee too late and how it prevents a good night’s rest. But exactly how late is too late?
Researchers from the Sleep Disorders & Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State College of Medicine embarked on a study to analyze how caffeine disrupts sleep when consumed at different points in time during the day.
At 0, 3, and 6 hours before bedtime, caffeine had a significant effect on sleep disturbance. Even caffeine consumed 6 hours before bed affected sleep amounts by over an hour.
Read more, with tips on managing your coffee consumption: Coffee and a Good Night’s Sleep