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  • Five drinks to avoid before going to bed

    Jul 30 2019...
    Are you having restless nights? There’s a chance your late-night beverage choice is having a negative effect on your sleep patterns. READ MORE>>
  • Caffeine fails to help you power through the work week

    Jul 11 2016...
    Depending on coffee to wake you up each day is the wrong answer for your chronic daytime sleepiness. A new study reports that caffeine’s effect on alertness and performance dwindled after 2 days.

    Participants in the study were restricted to 5 hours of sleep per night for 5 nights. Each day they were given 200 mg of caffeine at 8 a.m. and again at noon. While awake they completed hourly cognitive tests. READ MORE>>
  • Pure caffeine powder can be deadly

    Apr 16 2015...
    A new health advisory warns consumers that powdered pure caffeine can be dangerous and deadly. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine advises the public to avoid pure caffeine powder.

    Caffeine powder is highly potent, and a safe serving size is extremely small. It is nearly impossible to measure caffeine powder accurately in the home. As a result the risk of an accidental, lethal overdose is high.

    Sleep is an all-natural performance enhancer that gives you an energy boost. It also improves your health and mood. Best of all – it’s free, and no prescription is required. You can’t find it online, but you can get it at home. Try some sleep tonight! READ MORE>>
  • Late afternoon and early evening caffeine can disrupt sleep

    Nov 15 2013...
    That extra afternoon jolt of caffeine may be responsible for your tossing and turning at night. New research looked at caffeine’s effects on sleep taken 0, 3, or 6 hours before going to bed.

    The study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine involved 12 healthy normal sleepers. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University in Detroit looked at the effects of a given dose of caffeine taken at different times before sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep and Caffeine

    Aug 01 2013...
    Caffeine is a natural substance that can be extracted from plants. Natural sources of caffeine include coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa beans. It also can be produced synthetically.

    Caffeine is a type of drug that promotes alertness. These drugs are called “stimulants.” Caffeine acts as an “adenosine receptor antagonist.” Adenosine is a substance in your body that promotes sleepiness. Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptor to keep you from feeling sleepy. READ MORE>>
  • Energy drinks cause sleep problems in military

    Nov 14 2012...
    A government study examines the link between energy drink consumption and sleep problems among U.S. soldiers. Soldiers who consumed three or more energy drinks per day were more likely to report sleep problems.

    The study involved a group of over 1,200 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and found that 45 percent of them consumed one or more energy drinks per day READ MORE>>
  • Studies link caffeine to bad sleep habits and poor school performance in young teens

    Aug 24 2007...
    Students may want to cut back on the caffeine as they go back to school. Research shows that consuming caffeine may affect the sleep and school performance of young teens.

    A recent study of 51 seventh-grade students shows that students who consume caffeine wake up later in the morning on schooldays. The study links waking up later for school with having a lower grade-point average (GPA). Students who consume caffeine later in the day also are more likely to miss school. READ MORE>>