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How late before sleeping can I drink coffee?

How late before sleeping can I drink coffee?

Allow 6-7 hours: Caffeine is the most consumed stimulant in the world, No sufficient research to encourage or discourage caffeine. For the majority of healthy adults, consuming less than 400 mg of caffeine a day appears to be safe
the half life of caffeine (the time to get rid of half the caffeine in your system) is about 5-6 hours, so it depends on the initial dose of caffeine that you drank during the day ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I take amitriptiline 25mg before bed. Can I drink coffee in order to stay awake? Or will it alter the effect of it? It makes me sleep all day.

I take amitriptiline 25mg before bed. Can I drink coffee in order to stay awake? Or will it alter the effect of it? It makes me sleep all day.

Timing is everything: Not sure why your are taking amitripyline. Is this for pain, migraine, or depression? Tell your doctor that the drug is making you drowsy and ask if you should take it 1-2 hours BEFORE bedtime. This may help you out quite a bit. Best of luck! Don't use coffee to stay awake. Change the timing of the dose. ...Read more

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I've a sleep test appointment today and I was told not to drink coffee all day but I forgot and had a cup. Should I postpone the sleep test or still go?

I've a sleep test appointment today and I was told not to drink coffee all day but I forgot and had a cup. Should I postpone the sleep test or still go?

Go: Caffeine may contaminate the results slightly, but given its short time to elimination from the body, more likely your sleep study will be unchanged. Don't have any more caffeine, and you ought to get good, reliable results. Good luck! ...Read more

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I drink black coffee all day everyday till I go to sleep is it bad?

I drink black coffee all day everyday till I go to sleep is it bad?

Yes: Too much coffee can increase u heart rate and can provoke anxiety. Try to cut it down to two cups /day. ...Read more

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Drink coffee about 30 min before bed with creamer (I like the taste). Sleep fine. Any long term/perm consequences I should worry about?

Drink coffee about 30 min before bed with creamer (I like the taste). Sleep fine. Any long term/perm consequences I should worry about?

Check BP: The primary concern is your blood pressure. Please have this checked. If your blood pressure is high you should drink only decaf coffee. Otherwise in moderation coffee may actually have beneficial effects. Research shows coffee drinkers may have lower rates of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, liver cancer & heart failure. I am available to consult with you further about your health on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Should I not drink coffee if I have to take clonazepam to calm down and sleep?

Should I not drink coffee if I have to take clonazepam to calm down and sleep?

Medication: Yes avoid concomitant stimulating and calming drug intake they will stop working. ...Read more

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I'm not sleeping well. I'm only staying asleep for a couple hours and find it hard to fall back asleep. I don't drink coffee or soda. What can I do?

I'm not sleeping well. I'm only staying asleep for a couple hours and find it hard to fall back asleep. I don't drink coffee or soda. What can I do?

Depression: One of the most common causes of this type of insomnia called middle insomnia is depression with pain also doing this. The other type of insomnia associated with depression is terminal insomnia which is where you wake up earlier than your normal wake time. Besides the medical evaluaton, have your doctor screen you for depression. ...Read more

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If I have just a few hours to sleep, would it be good to drink a cup of coffee, fall asleep before the caffeine takes effect, & be energized on wakeup?

If I have just a few hours to sleep, would it be good to drink a cup of coffee, fall asleep before the caffeine takes effect, & be energized on wakeup?

Caffeine: Caffeine effect from coffee is fairly quick. You likely will not sleep well and will arouse periodically. You likely will not awaken refreshed and energetic. ...Read more

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Hours ago I was at a night service at church drinking coffee (I might have put in too much creame). When I got home and started relaxing all of a sudden I has serve chest pain on the left side of my body. I haven't been to sleep too much because of it. I j

Hours ago I was at a night service at church drinking coffee (I might have put in too much creame). When I got home and started relaxing all of a sudden I has serve chest pain on the left side of my body. I haven't been to sleep too much because of it. I j

Doctor can check now: A person with pain at the chest, rib cage, or left shoulder can see his doctor now to be evaluated. Pains can come from a heart problem (serious!), neck and shoulder muscles, the ribs and their joints, the lungs inside the chest, etc... If one feels his pain is coming from the heart, has a chest tightness, some difficulty breathing, or has past heart disease, he can call 911 to go to the E.R. now. ...Read more

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Would it be a bad idea to take a sleep-aid after drinking coffee?

Would it be a bad idea to take a sleep-aid after drinking coffee?

Not a good idea: Just don't drink the coffee. Don't eat, drink alcohol or exercise within 2 hours of sleep. ...Read more

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Why I can't sleep well at night when I stop drinking coffee or tea for the sake of better life style while the opposite supposed to happen?

Why I can't sleep well at night when I stop drinking coffee or tea for the sake of better life style while the opposite supposed to happen?

Caffeine withdrawal: You could be experiencing caffeine or theophylline withdrawal that can disturb your sleep or give you headaches or both for about one week and then it goes away. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I don't drink coffee or use any stimulants but once I took a 200mg caffeine pill and it made me sleep after 20 minutes of taking it, is that normal??

I don't drink coffee or use any stimulants but once I took a 200mg caffeine pill and it made me sleep after 20 minutes of taking it, is that normal??

Hard to say: But people with paradoxical reactions to stimulants may have one of the conditions that are specifically treatable with stimulants, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy or a shift disturbance disorder. You need a physician with expertise in sleep disorders to take a full history, perform an appropriate physical examination, and do whatever ancillary tests are needed. ...Read more

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Will drinking coffee in the morning make you need to urinate more at night when you are trying to sleep?

Will drinking coffee in the morning make you need to urinate more at night when you are trying to sleep?

No: Caffeine takes 30-50 minutes to achieve peak blood level after consumption and its half live is 3-5 hours. Thus, drinking caffeinated beverages in the morning should not affect your urine secretion on the following night. ...Read more

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Could drinking coffee in the morning make you need to urinate more 16 hours later as you are trying to sleep?

Could drinking coffee in the morning make you need to urinate more 16 hours later as you are trying to sleep?

Perhaps: Coffee may act as a diuretic in many folks, and the added fluid intake just adds to the need to urinate. Might drink a few less cups or try decaffeinated variety. ...Read more

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What affects would I have drinking 4-10 cups of coffee a day with solitary kidney? My mom shames me if I sleep because she says to focus on school.

What affects would I have drinking 4-10 cups of coffee a day with solitary kidney? My mom shames me if I sleep because she says to focus on school.

Shameful to sleep?: I am not sure if I understand this situation. You definitely need to sleep at least 8 hours a night, or you won't be able to learn anything whatsoever. So that is a starting point. You are 16 years old. The optimal amount of coffee for you is none. You can pull the all-nighters when you go to college. A cup in the morning is ok. Time management is key. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to drink coffee and take a sleeping pill like ambien (zolpidem)?

Is it dangerous to drink coffee and take a sleeping pill like ambien (zolpidem)?

Realize: The two may work against each other, as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant and may keep you awake, while sleeping pills do the opposite. You may want to avoid drinking coffee within 2-4 hours of sleeping. ...Read more

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Recently starting drinking coffee w/stevia & milk in a.M. Why do I start yawning 30-45 min after coffee? Also, feel dizzy. Not dehydrated. Sleep ok.

Recently starting drinking coffee w/stevia & milk in a.M. Why do I start yawning 30-45 min after coffee? Also, feel dizzy. Not dehydrated. Sleep ok.

Not sure: Are you using any other medications, drugs, alcohol, or herbs? Adding milk may slightly affect the phenols (antioxidants) you get from coffee, but the content of caffeine that increases alertness should be the same. Stevia isn't known to cause tiredness or yawning. Tiredness, depression, or boredom may lead to yawning, though. ...Read more

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Acid burning my throat - could stress, little sleep, and a lot of coffee contribute? I have painful acid coming up my throat recently. I don't get a lot of sleep, am under stress, and drink a lot of coffee. What is going on and what should I do?

Acid burning my throat - could stress, little sleep, and a lot of coffee contribute? I have painful acid coming up my throat recently. I don't get a lot of sleep, am under stress, and drink a lot of coffee. What is going on and what should I do?

Anxiety, GERD: I understand your distress.
You deserve Relief!
Yes! stress, little sleep, and a lot of coffee do contribute to painful acid coming up the throat.
Discuss with a Psychiatrist:
• Diagnosis of Anxiety and GERD
• Decrease Caffeine use
• Therapy for stresses of life
• Medication for Anxiety and GERD
• Visual Imagery
• Music Relaxation
Yoga
• Meditation
Tai Chi ...Read more

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How much Black Coffee cups per day is safe to drink, if you falling asleep between 11pm and 1 am?

How much Black Coffee cups per day is safe to drink, if you falling asleep between 11pm and 1 am?

Sleepy: Try a sleep diary. If you are getting less than 7 hours of sleep on average, it is likely that more caffeine will not help wakefulness. It is best if the hours of sleep are continuous - better quality sleep than napping. ...Read more

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I have no energy throughout the day even when I get 8+hrs sleep a night. I've tried coffee & energy drinks nothing works, could it be a health issue?

I have no energy throughout the day even when I get 8+hrs sleep a night. I've tried coffee & energy drinks nothing works, could it be a health issue?

Soo many: Yes, so many conditions (mostly correctable) can cause this, ranging from sleep problems (obstructive sleep apnea, for example) to anemia, etc etc. I suggest you talk with your dr, get an examination. Labs if needed, and if needed a sleep study. You may very possibly feel better soon, . ...Read more

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I'm 23 and I'm going to be working my first night shift, any suggestions on sleep and food and drinks to keep me awake but not energy drinks or coffee?

I'm 23 and I'm going to be working my first night shift, any suggestions on sleep and food and drinks to keep me awake but not energy drinks or coffee?

Will depend on your: sleep/ear cycle since that will determine your energy level needed for your night shift. Get a good 7-8 night sleep during the day using black blinds/eye shields. Then decide whether you need to eat a meal in the middle of your shift versus snacking. Organic protein bar is great to give you stamina. Organic raw nuts, fruit is good. Also, a green smoothie with raw cacao and raw grapseeed flour. ...Read more

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I would like to know if I have some disorder and would like to know if it can be treated. I find myself being tired all day I cannot seem to get enough sleep. I've tried energy drinks, coffee and a good breakfast but nothing works. I am easily irriated an

Could be many things: See your doctor. There are mental health problems that could be causing this but also physical ones, such as anemia, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism... Many others. Important to rule them out one by one, in the order that a professional thinks are the most likely culprits. ...Read more

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Can I drink coffee to avoid a headache?

Can I drink coffee to avoid a headache?

Headaches & Caffeine: Yes. Sometimes headaches are from a withdrawal from caffeine and sometimes caffeine is used to treat head aches.

If the head ache persists with coffee you may need to seek help from your trusted health advisor. ...Read more

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Can I drink coffee while on keflex?

Can I drink coffee while on keflex?

Yes: Reasonable quantities of coffee - like 2 small cups - will be ok. Really, only large quantities of coffee may interfere with antibiotics like keflex. You don't need to stop coffee entirely while on keflex. ...Read more