What’s Your Current Coffee Intake?

I started drinking coffee around 3 years ago. Megan is a daily coffee drinker, and I loved the smell of freshly brewed coffee even before I liked the taste. I’ve grown to enjoy a small cup of coffee every day, almost more out of habit than anything else. It’s a cozy way to start the day.

I always wait at least 1 hour after waking up to start sipping on my daily cup (I’m still using our basic French press), and I try to finish off the cup before noon to give my body plenty of time to flush out the caffeine before I fall asleep at 11:00 pm.

Aside from the presence of two cuddly cats, I don’t have any problems falling asleep or staying asleep. I wouldn’t say that I ever get a full, robust, completely refreshing night’s sleep, though, and a recent study makes me wonder if it isn’t just the cats.

The study found that people who drink more coffee tend to move more (measure by steps per day), but they also averaged over 30 minutes less sleep per night and showed a 50% higher incidence of premature ventricular contractions.

The study is quick to note that it did not measure long-term effects of coffee. Most likely, like anything other than hard drugs, in moderation coffee is probably fine. But the results of the study made me want to reduce the size of my daily cup a little bit more for a trial period to see if my sleep improves.

Have you noticed any correlation between your coffee intake and how deeply you sleep?

8 thoughts on “What’s Your Current Coffee Intake?”

  1. After over a decade of sleep that never leaves me feeling refreshed, I found out I was having overnight reflux (LPR). I’ve had to cut out a lot of things to try to find my triggers, and caffeine is one of them. I’ve been off coffee for many months. The LPR is better but my sleep still isn’t fully refreshing – but it’s better than it’s ever been. I wouldn’t be surprised if the caffeine itself was also causing a lower quality of sleep even without the reflux. Luckily I’ve been off soda for over 6 years, so that’s not a problem for me.

    I do miss coffee – both for the taste (I enjoy it black) and the morning routine. I’ve since replaced it with a healthy smoothie. But I’ve experimented with a small cup of decaf that I finish before 11am and that doesn’t seem to trigger the reflux. However, the habit is reduced enough that I don’t need it every day. It’s a nice change of pace once in awhile now.

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    • Thanks for sharing this, Kevin. I’m glad to hear your sleep has improved, and you bring up a great point that there are other options for morning comfort drinks–I might explore some of them.

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  2. I stopped drinking coffee three weeks ago, and the past two nights I have slept better than I have in years. Not sure it’s a direct correlation, and the data is still very new, so I will need more data points, but I’m pleased. I don’t feel tired during the afternoons, either, which I often would after the crash from my morning coffee (leading to more coffee or naps).

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      • haha, I did not intend that to be anonymous! Best of luck on your own coffee journey. I find that replacing with other wonderful beverages has helped, specifically in my case herbal teas and kombucha.

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        • Thanks! Earlier today I ordered a sample of a non-caffeinated drink based on cacao; it’s made in a French press, just like coffee. I’m curious to see if it scratches the “morning comfort” itch.

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