The vast majority of people see coffee not only as an enjoyable drink, but as essential fuel for getting through the day. Not only this, but the incredibly beneficial health properties of coffee are also well documented. Contrary to popular belief, coffee can actually help prevent an extraordinary array of diseases and conditions, while at the same time improving brain function.


But what about the darker side of caffeine? What if, like millions of others, you find yourself in a position where you can’t bear the thought of going without coffee, but have acknowledged the fact that it may be having an impact on your sleeping patterns?


 Coffee And Sleep


Well, recent studies into exactly how caffeine impacts sleep and quality of sleep have brought to light nothing but inconclusive findings. The reason being that not only does caffeine have an entirely different impact and effect from one person to the next, but often the perception that coffee is keeping you awake leads to it doing just that…even if it actually isn’t!


As far as the experts are concerned therefore, completely knocking coffee on the head isn’t necessarily the way to go. Given the fact that there are so many health benefits linked with elevated caffeine consumption, it makes far more sense to optimise your intake of coffee in a proactive manner.


After all – why give up something so good?


So when it comes to managing your coffee consumption to ensure you enjoy the best of all worlds, here’s a quick rundown of just a few tips from the experts:


  • First of all, while it’s true to say that caffeine can stay in the human body for over 24 hours, the vast majority of its effects wear off after about 6 to 8 hours. As such, those who worry about coffee affecting their sleep patterns are advised to have their last cup in the early to mid-afternoon. Or better yet, keep coffee confined to mornings only, which is of course when it’s most useful and important anyway!


  • As far as the experts are concerned, the optimum amount of coffee to drink on a daily basis for maximum benefit is three to five cups. Which in turn means this is what you should be aiming for. 8 to 11 cups perhaps not being the best idea if you don’t happen to be the best sleeper!


  • Try to remember that quite a lot has changed over recent years when it comes to decaffeinated coffee, which these days has the potential to be every bit as gorgeous as standard coffee. Admittedly, it will not give you the same energy kick you might be looking for, but it could certainly work wonders helping you sleep.


  • Or if you simply cannot bear to make the switch to decaffeinated coffee, stick with whichever coffee it is you prefer and brew it a little weaker. It might take some time, but you’ll get used to it eventually.


  • Last but not least, one highly effective (if slightly rudimentary) way of cutting down coffee consumption is that of simply using a smaller mug.  Of course this isn’t going to workif you continually refill your cup over and over again, but that’s where your own willpower comes into the equation!