Caffeine linked to less sleep
SLEEP Awareness Week runs until Sunday.
This year, the Sleep Health Foundation is turning its attention to the role of caffeine in our society.
There can be a great deal of pleasure surrounding the drinking of caffeine, with many of us catching up with friends over a cuppa.
But there is evidence to suggest it’s time to turn the spotlight on caffeine and examine it more closely.
Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance that affects the brain and behaviour.
It can be found in many different drinks and foods, including tea, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks (particularly energy drinks).
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant that can help us feel more alert.
But too much caffeine, especially close to bedtime, can make sleeping more difficult, leading to insomnia.
Insomnia makes us feel tired the next day which may then see us reaching for another cup of coffee to keep us going for the day. It’s a vicious circle really.
Understanding and controlling our caffeine use is important for goodquality sleep.
Getting enough good-quality sleep is vital for our overall health and wellbeing.
While we sleep, our body works to support healthy brain function and maintain our physical health.
When we do not get enough sleep, we feel tired, we find it hard to concentrate and remember things, and we may be grumpy.
Lack of sleep can also impair our judgment and physical co-ordination.
So not getting enough sleep affects the way we feel, think, work, learn and get along with other people.
If you think you need help getting good quality sleep, see your GP.
Stacey Aldous is owner of Freedom Health & Wellness.