This Sunday is International Coffee Day, a day to rejoice all things, cappuccino, mocha, and espresso! It’s strange to think that there is a whole day dedicated to one of our best-loved beverages, but whether you like a flat white with your breakfast or a skinny latte on the commute into work, we’re sure every sip will taste that little bit sweeter now International Coffee Day is just around the corner.
Coffee is the go-to drink for most people first thing in the morning as it makes them feel alert and ready for the day, so common sense tells us that it can have a negative effect on our sleep! The last thing you’d want is to be up all night when you’re tired, and that’s why it’s regularly advised to avoid caffeinated beverages altogether after 3pm – but is there a way to get to sleep after a coffee?
Well, it is important to remember that it takes a good 20-30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, meaning that there will be a delay in the effect it has – this is worth bearing in mind if you do like the occasional cup nearer bedtime.
Something as simple as lying or sitting still for a short while is said to reduce stress and anxiety around sleep, so it can be beneficial to regularly practice if you are feeling over-stimulated after drinking coffee. If you are familiar with yoga then ‘The Corpse Pose’ (lying on your back with your arms resting by your sides) can be an effective way to relax and clear your mind ready for a great night’s sleep.
Having a good book on hand can help you get to sleep after coffee, as reading before bed can relax the mind – even more so when reading something light hearted and uncomplicated – and has been said to reduce anxieties around getting off to sleep.
You’re probably very familiar with the idea of reducing your use of technology before bedtime, but after drinking caffeine, brain stimulation can be further heightened by the use of phones, tablets and television. Even if you think the consumption of caffeine isn’t affecting your sleep, just spending the end of your bedtime routine away from bright lights and apps can really benefit your sleep.
Above all else, if you are opting to avoid caffeine in the evenings but you’re still craving a nightcap, we’d recommend a mug of warm milk and honey!
Now we’ve told you how to get to sleep after coffee, have you got any extra tips for getting some shut-eye after a cappuccino or latte?