Caffeine after noon may wreak havoc with your sleep time.
Your morning cuppa Joe is an ingrained part of your day, but if you are still seeking caffeine or a chocolate pick me up in the afternoon, you may be sabotaging your sleep.
According to the Cleveland Clinic: “The level of caffeine in your blood peaks about one hour later and stays at this level for several hours for most people. Six hours after caffeine is consumed, half of it is still in your body. It can take up to 10 hours to completely clear caffeine from your bloodstream.”
I recommend to my clients to stop all caffeine (chocolate, too!) by noon because:
🥱 it can make it harder to fall asleep
😴 it can make sleep more restless, lighter & poorer in quality
⏰ it can throw off your circadian rhythm, making it harder to wake up
🚽 it can increase the need to urinate during the night
🥵 it can make night sweats and hot flashes worse
And as I always preach, a bad night’s sleep can undo the best eating & exercise habits thanks to cortisol, the stress hormone, aka the fat maker. No bueno.
Just FYI decaf coffees and teas still contain about 2 mg of caffeine, a small amount compared to the 95 mg in a cup a coffee. I typically taper from full caff, to half caff, then decaf if I have more than one cup a day (um, ya, EVERY day).
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