Haven’t been sleeping well this week? If you’re like most of us, you probably turn to coffee to get yourself going in the morning. But a new study suggests that those who do not get good sleep for days at a time aren’t doing themselves any favors by drinking coffee, no matter how much you drink.
Science World Report shares data released from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that suggests when people don’t get more than 5 hours of sleep for days at a time, caffeine doesn’t really do anything to combat their fatige.
Participants involved in the study had only gotten 5 hours of sleep for 5 days in a row and were split into two groups. One group received 200mg (equivalent of about 2 cups of coffee) twice a day and the other group was given a placebo pill. Though the people in the caffeine group scored better on reaction time tests for the first 2 days of the study, but by the third day they were scoring the same as the participants in the placebo group. This is probably due to the fact that after three days, the sleep deprivation was too strong for caffeine to really help at all.
The study’s author, Tracy Jill Doty, explains that more studies must be done to find out if increasing the dose of caffeine would have helped improve reaction time as the days went on. But increasing the dosage also comes with another set of problems, like side effects from too much caffeine which can include jitteriness, fast heartbeat, nervousness and of course more sleepless nights.
What do you think of the study that suggests when it comes to sleepless nights, coffee is not enough to combat your tiredness?
Do you drink coffee to combat insomnia?