Tag: caffeine

sleep deprived insomniacs who must drive should have a nap & caffeine

When Napping & Caffeine Make Sense

Chronic insomniacs will have heard these messages before: “Don’t nap.” “Avoid caffeinated beverages later in the day.” These are good rules of thumb for most people with insomnia. If you catch yourself drifting off during the 6 o’clock news, it’s better to get up and walk around the block than drink coffee or indulge in a full-blown nap.

But some situations warrant breaking the rules.

Daytime affects of insomnia can be reduced by stretching and other activities

Insomnia: Holding Steady the Next Day

Will there ever be a morning-after pill prescribed for insomnia? Wouldn’t that be nice. Insomnia wouldn’t be half as bad if it weren’t so debilitating the next day. No fatigue to contend with, no brain fog, no low mood. White nights could even be enjoyable if we knew in the morning that we could resort to Plan B.

For now there’s no simple way to avoid insomnia symptoms that occur in the daytime. But there are ways to minimize their impact, whether the bad nights come often or just once in a while. Here are 6 habits I find useful and maybe you will, too.

A high-carb diet may harm sleep, but an occasional treat near bedtime won't have much impact

Late-Night Sweets and Your Sleep

Insomnia is big business these days, and not just for Big Pharma. Insomnia Cookies, the chain of late-night bakeries located in campus towns across the East and the Midwest, is opening up a new store every few months.

A sweet bedtime snack delivered right to the doorstep: now there’s a concept Dr. Atkins would have frowned on. But what effect would eating a late-night treat have on students’ sleep?

sleep restriction often leads to mild sleep deprivation

Surviving Sleep Restriction

A new study confirms that in the early weeks of treatment, sleep restriction—a part of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia—really is a cross to bear.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. But in research, quantification is important, and what these UK researchers have done is actually a good thing. (I’ll explain why later on.) Here are five tips for insomnia sufferers planning to undergo treatment.

Insomnia sufferers need not forego coffee completely

Caffeine and Sleep: A Closer Look

A new study from Henry Ford Hospital shows that caffeine ingested 6 hours before bedtime has a disruptive effect on sleep and can cause insomnia.

For goodness sake, tell me something I don’t already know! Drinking coffee late in the day has always been a surefire summons to insomnia at my house.

But there’s a lot about caffeine I didn’t know—and that you might not know either—so I thought I’d pass along a few fascinating factoids.

Q & A: Be Your Own Sleep Scientist

“What good is keeping a sleep diary,” Lawrence wrote to Ask The Savvy Insomniac recently, “when all it’s going to do is confirm what I already know?”

It might seem pointless—and like a whole lot of bother—to keep a sleep diary when you’ve lived many years with insomnia and know its shape and contour like the back of your hands. But I think it’s a valuable investigative tool.

Coffee and Sleep: Are They Compatible?

I came of age when drinking caffeinated beverages was frowned on for people like me. Sleep experts exhorted people with insomnia to “stay away” from caffeine; a story in Working Woman stated that “the stimulant effect of coffee may last as long as 20 hours.”

Warnings like these made me feel guilty about indulging my java jones. Were my two cups of coffee, one at wake-up time and the other later in the morning, keeping me awake at night?