Does caffeine help with sleep deprivation?

This page is to explore the effects of caffeine on sleep deficiency. Caffeine is a mostly a stimulant and energizes the body. Caffeine is contained in tea, coffee, chocolate, sodas and a wealth of other products.

For children, it is not recommended to give them any caffeine or sugar product before the child’s bedtime. But with adults – some may be affected by caffeine relaxing them and others may be affected by caffeine stimulating them.

For children and those adults who caffeine has a bad effect on – they should avoid using it before bedtime. In those adults who are not affected by caffeine, a cup of hot tea would probably be best before bedtime.

In most people, caffeine can lead to sleep deprivation. People who work the night shifts may drink coffee all night to stay awake, and they become unable to sleep after going home in the morning. If this keeps happening day after day, it can begin to mess up your sleep cycle or pattern. An irregular sleep pattern means that you miss the stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and this is when the brain, muscles and circulatory systems repair damages caused to them during your wake period.

Shift work can be very hard on people. I worked the night shift for the police department for 3 years, twenty years ago, and I now have some health problems that can be traced back to working nights for so long. This illustrates how important good sleep habits are and how you should instill healthy sleeping habits in your children from the very beginning.

A few of the symptoms of poor sleep habits can be clinical depression, aching muscles, decreased mental activity and concentration. Furthermore severe sleep deprivation can cause symptoms of depersonalization/derealization, hallucinations (visual and auditory), weakened immune system, hypertension, slowed reaction time, psychosis-like symptoms, slurred and/or nonsensical speech, and symptoms similar to Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and alcoholic intoxication. It is also thought to be the cause of a health problem that has just begun to be studied call fibromyalgia which is a problem where the person feels as if they would if they had the flu – aching all over.

Let’s say that you have followed all the tips for healthy sleep and you are still now sleeping well. Now what do you do — you may be considering over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids or another sleep product. OTC sleep aids are effective but only for occasional sleepless night. Consult with your primary doctor before taking any sleep medication–OTC or prescribed

Sleep medicine have become a new recognized medical subspecialty because of the current rise in sleep disorders. Sleep specialists are able to diagnosis and treat common and rare sleep disorders.

Most doctors will tell you that too much caffeine in the evening or in the case of shift work, in the morning – will eventually disturb your healthy sleep patterns. Take it from one who knows, sometimes night work is just not worth it, because of the health toll it can take on your over all health – even years later.