Coffee and Health…..2

5 things you can do when you have coffee – induced insomnia

by Sohana

In my previous article 5 reasons why drinking coffee to keep awake and study for an exam may be bad for your health, I pointed out that insomnia is one of the most experienced side effects of coffee. Insomnia is simply lack of sleep or inability to sleep (especially at night after you’re done with the day’s work). Some people have trouble sleeping at night when they have taken their siesta during the day but I’m not talking about that. I’m referring to that feeling you have when you know your body needs rest but sleep has deserted you. Like every other side effect, its severity and duration differs from individual to individual. In most people, it is accompanied by anxiety or restlessness, which is normal because you would naturally worry if you can’t sleep. Some people experience this for as long as one week although they just had 30g (2 little sachets of a popular brand) of coffee in a cup! Here are some tips on what you can do if you’re having coffee – induced insomnia:

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  1. Drink milk: Milk is one of the natural drinks that are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and have this soothing effect on the body. Experience has shown that drinking a very creamy glass of milk could send you straight into dreamland! For faster results, a warm or hot cup of milk is recommended.
  1. Eat a heavy meal: Most people know that a meal that contains a lot of starch (like santa/Akpu or garri) or proteins (like Okpa/bambara nut pudding) is a great catalyst for sleep induction! Even though you don’t feel hungry, you could get your favourite soup and eat it with a sizeable amount of garri, akpu or semovita. Before long, you’d be snoring.
  1. Eat Bananas: A lot of people especially those in the rural communities and villages have discovered that bananas help the body relax thereby making one sleep. Personally, I haven’t tried this but some people have testified to its efficacy.
  1. Take a cold shower: Most times insomnia makes someone to worry and get restless. If you’re staying in a place where it’s safe to go to the bathroom at night, just take a cold shower slowly. It’ll help you relax. This works especially when you just stop worrying and you just focus on sleeping. For the best results, it is advised to take a glass of milk after bathing.
  1. Consult your Doctor or Pharmacist: If symptoms persist after you’ve done the four options listed above, you’re advised to get professional help immediately.

I hope you found this article resourceful. Share it with someone who might need this piece of information. I would love to hear from you. Drop your comments below: Tell me if you’ve experienced coffee – induced insomnia before and how you what you did t alleviate it and feel better. Thank you.

Disclaimer: This article is a health article based on the writer’s and people’s experiences mixed with classroom knowledge. Everything discussed here does not in any way replace the expert advice of your Physician or Pharmacist.


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