Caf­feine linked to less sleep

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - LIFESTYLE - Stacey Al­dous

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.

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