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Why caffeine is worse than you think for sleep

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., May 27, 2010 - 11:55am

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Brierley asks: What helps you get a better night's sleep?


drinking caffiene as early as possible
avoiding caffiene after 12:00 noon
taking a hot bath before bed to help me relax
melatonin on occasion 30 min before sleep


11/15/2010 - 12:11pm

A small glass of milk (soy for me)
A soothing bath with essential oil drops of lavender
Reading my Bible
Lights out
Quiet, dark and cool room (use fans if necessary)
No electric digital lighted device facing my way


11/09/2010 - 8:46pm

A cool room. A dark room. View no clock faces in the dark. No TV, cell phone, laptop, iPod, etc.
A very comfortable mattress. A view deep relaxing cleansing breaths. No pets. Guided imagery imagining a beautiful relaxing scene in your mind. Clean sheets and pillow case. Comfortable nightwear.
Not thinking about work, family, problems, etc. If none of the above works, chant silently and slowly in your mind to yourself, "relax, relax, relax, relax" and slow down your breathing on purpose. No coffee or other caffeine after a time you determine in the day. If none of the above works, see an insomnia specialist at the nearest Sleep Disorders Center.


10/28/2010 - 9:10am

A cup of sweet green tea before bed.


10/16/2010 - 10:00pm

What helps me? Making sure that I eat a low carb dinner no later than 6:00 and drink smaller amounts of water after 8:00.


10/15/2010 - 9:25pm

Caffeine is NOT coffee. Coffee contains caffeine as well as several depressants. Please do not skew the test or the results.


10/14/2010 - 7:43pm

going to bed the same time every night and waking up around the same time.


06/10/2010 - 10:01pm

I drink coffee allll day long!! I have for years! I now have arthritis in my hips and need a hip replacement. At the age of 46!! That keeps me awake now at night, or rather not sleeping well. What I DO do for a good nites' sleep, is take a hot shower and dry my hair!! That pretty much does the trick!! Some times, I have been known to take a hot shower [summer or winter!] at 2 in the morning!! But, whatever helps!!!!

Pam Zirbel.

P.S. Thank you for having this has been an awesome help with certain aspects of my life!!! Please keep it going!!!


06/10/2010 - 2:02pm

I think I was born with the ability to sleep well and deeply. However, it helps to live a guilt-free life (relatively, that is) and leave your worries for tomorrow. If I ever have trouble sleeping, I try to focus on thinking about nothing. Eventually my brain gets tired of this and I fall asleep (unless I have unresolved issues too hard to forget).

If I have to get up early for something important, I try to get everything as ready as possible and in the car (or by the door) before I go to sleep. I make a checklist of the items or tasks I cannot complete until morning. That way I don't stay awake worrying that I will forget them.

I have a tendancy to be a night-owl, even when I am tired. Sometimes I push through the first wave of sleepiness and go for hours. I find going to bed when I am first sleepy is extremely helpful.


06/10/2010 - 4:21am

I use a light-blocking eye mask, and it is amazing! Not only does it physically tell me it's time to sleep, it keeps me from waking up a million times a night. Try one!


06/09/2010 - 8:54pm

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