Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant and keeps people awake.  It also interferes with sleep

Many people have sleep disorders which result in poor sleep and drowsiness in the daytime.  Many people attempt to “treat themselves” with caffeine.

This caffeine often interferes further with sleep and makes the person’s sleeping problems worse. They are subsequently more drowsy the following day and hence take in more caffeine — creating a self-perpetuating cycle.

The United States is a fast paced, competitive society.  Many people try to keep pace with caffeine.  The amounts of caffeine consumed by Americans is staggering and increasing.  Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, colas, and over-the-counter cold medications.

If a person is having sleeping problems, one of the first things that should be assessed is the amount of caffeine (and other drugs) that the person is taking.  Often reducing or eliminating caffeine intake can improve a persons sleep significantly.

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