Effects of Caffeine, Sugar & Chemicals on the Body

February 2nd, 2019

Internal stimulants can also cause sleeping problems. Food and drink containing caffeine, sugar, and chemicals should be avoided in the evenings.

The following are some common offenders.

Caffeine is a known stimulant that increases your heart rate. Colas, non-herbal teas and chocolate all contain caffeine. Try to avoid caffeine at least 3 to 4 hours before bed. In addition to caffeine, chocolate also has enormous amounts of sugar. Sugar affects your body in almost the same way as caffeine. Chocolate should also be avoided for 2 to 3 hours before bed.

Any kind of soda is mostly sugar while colas also have caffeine giving your body a double whammy. In addition to the sugar and caffeine, the carbonation in sodas can cause stomach discomfort through bloating and gas. For these reasons, sodas should be avoided in the evening.

While alcohol may relax you and make you feel sleepy, it should not be relied on as a sleep aid. This could lead to relying on alcohol to relax and lead to addiction. The following list will give you an idea of the amount of caffeine in common drinks, food, and drugs.

* Coffee (5 oz. cup)
o Brewed, drip method 60 – 180 mg caffeine
o Instant 30 – 120 mg caffeine
o Decaffeinated 1 – 5 mg caffeine
* Tea (5 oz. cup)
o Brewed 60 – 180 mg caffeine
o Instant 25 – 50 mg caffeine
o Iced (12 oz. Cup) 67 – 76 mg caffeine
* Chocolate
o Dark/semisweet 1 oz. – 5 – 35 mg caffeine
* Soft Drinks
o Cola (12 oz.) 36 – 47 mg caffeine
* Non-prescription Drugs
o Dexatrim 200 mg caffeine
o No Doz 100 mg caffeine
o Excedrin 65 mg caffeine

Reducing the amount of caffeine and sugar you consume will not only make you feel better it will allow your body to relax quicker and easier in order to get a good nights sleep.