Reasons Why Coffee doesn’t Help Me Sleep

There is nothing wrong if you drink coffee at day-time.

But make serious endeavors to avoid caffeinated drinks (such as- tea, cola, coffee etc.) after mid-afternoon. Caffeine helps to remain active but does not help us to sleep.


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Experts (see the Resource box below) say that 200-300 mg of caffeine per day can be treated as a moderate amount. That is, around three-four cups of coffee. But consuming caffeine more than the optimum amount will help developing Insomnia. And once you develop Insomnia, you will lose countless hours simply lying down on your bed.

Also it’s to be noted that, men are more vulnerable to the effect of caffeine than the women.

Side-effects of Caffeine-

  • Upset stomach
  • Frequent urination
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling Agitated or Restlessness.

Caffeine doesn’t help you overcome sleep shortage.

Did you know?

‘Driver fatigue is responsible for an estimated 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1500 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.’

Some people depend on caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea or cola) to remain active and overcome the sleep shortage. They rely on caffeine to overcome this fatigue by compromising some hours of sleep. And, go directly to the roads to drive at their own risks.

It is thought that, caffeine blocks the cell receptors that adenosine (a substance in brain) uses to trigger its sleep-inducing signals.

Thus, Caffeine only deceives the body by making it think that the body isn’t tired. Serious, isn’t it?

If someone is fooled by this and drinks more than 500-600 mg of Caffeine (considered as excess) then he/she will probably find difficulty sleeping at that night.

It takes 6-8 hours to wear off the effects of caffeine entirely. Therefore, practice of drinking coffee (caffeine) more than the optimum amount may lead you to the process of developing Insomnia.

What studies say about Caffeine

A study was conducted on around 191 children of Grades 7-9 regarding caffeine consumption and sleeping patterns. The total number of children was divided into three parts. One portion of it was provided with excess caffeine, the other portion with little amount of caffeine while the other portion didn’t consumer any caffeine at all.

Guess the results.  The caffeine consumers faced difficulty to enjoy a deep and sound sleep.

Establish the best sleeping practices

I will not go for details about the practices that help me sleep better, which I have already discussed in some previous posts.

Only caring about the bedroom temp, light and sleeping mattress is not enough. It is also required to avoid caffeinated drinks (such as, coffee, tea, cola) for a better and sound sleep at night.


Caffeine won’t help you sleep at night. Try to avoid its intake excess in amount. And enjoy a sound sleep tonight.

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