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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does coffee stop you from getting symptoms of sleep deprivation?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
No!: Caffeine is a drug that excites the nervous system and it therefore uses energy. The lift from it is beause you are "borrowing" cellular energy that you can ill afford. However sleep works, it is obviously a restorative mechanism involving energy metabolism. The proof of its drug effect is that people often get withdrawal headaches.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Agree w Dr. Lonsdale: Because coffee doesn't restore what was missing - sleep. Sleep deprivation can ^ risk for fatigue, irritability, v concentration, diminished memory, ^ infection rate, ability to tolerate stressors, blurring of vision, v energy level, ^ micro-sleeps, weight gain, exacerbation of psychiatric problems and can even lead to psychosis.

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Last updated May 17, 2015

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