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Does Coffee really keep you Awake

There is much controversy over whether regular coffee actually keeps people awake or not. There are coffee fans on both sides of the fence on this debate. Some will argue that they cannot actually function until they have their morning brew. Some will argue that they can drink coffee right up until they hit the sack at night and the coffee has no effect on keeping them awake. In order to get a better idea of the answer to this question, read on.

Caffeine

Everyone knows that regular coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant. This stimulant can help people feel more awake and alert when they drink their morning brew. These are generally the people that have their coffee in the mornings and then stop drinking it by noon. This can work well for them and the coffee will actually achieve it’s stimulant goal.

On the other hand, people that enjoy their java all day long may not have that same alert feeling because their system is used to consuming large quantities of it. These are the folks that can actually get sleepy while drinking a cup of coffee.

Quantity

Certain studies suggest that instead of consuming 2-3 mugs each morning, try smaller shots once an hour for the purposes of staying awake. If you drink one cup and then wait for awhile, the stimulant can wear off and actually make you feel more tired than you were before that cup.

Additives

The cream and sugar might make that cup of coffee taste awesome, but all that sugar and calories could be keeping you awake long after you finish the coffee. This news is fabulous, if your goal is to be awake; not so fabulous if you are trying to relax and unwind before going to bed.

Acidity

If you are among the many that enjoy there coffee plain (no additives) and are still having having troubles staying awake, then you may want to opt for a stronger roast like French. If you are being kept awake when wanting to sleep, then you might want to consider trying a milder roast that is less acidic. All of that acid may not settle well on your stomach or your mind.

The long and short of it really boils down to how much and how often you drink your coffee on whether it will help you stay awake. One thing most people can agree on is that if you are having troubles sleeping at night, then you might want to consider not drinking any coffee before you go to bed.