IG Sleep Intro

Caffeine overload may be the reason you can’t sleep at night. Since caffeine hides in a plethora of unexpected places, people often consume significantly more caffeine than they may have intended. Help yourself to 300 to 400 milligrams every morning for a helpful concentration boost and improved longevity, but give yourself a stopping point. In addition to your morning cup of coffee, you can have another jolt of caffeine around noon and a smaller dose around 2 p.m., but stop eating or drinking caffeine at least six hours before going to bed.

Too much caffeine can lead to increased anxiety, weight gain, and higher mortality rates. Along with poor indoor air quality and improperly maintained home HVAC systems, coffee is one of the leading causes of insomnia. You may not drink much coffee or caffeinated tea, but sneaky sources of caffeine exist. Check that protein bar you’re about to eat as a mid-afternoon snack. The chocolate bar you’re using to get through the last hour of the day has caffeine in it, too. You know caffeine is in soda, but the ultimate betrayal is that your favorite ice cream could be potentially guilty of harboring caffeine.

What can you do to manage your caffeine intake? Cut back on how much caffeine you consume a little at a time, and introduce calming, sleep-inducing habits into your nightly routine. Don’t turn the thermostat too high during the night and shut off the television before bed. Continue reading to the infographic below for some additional explanations about why you may be sleeping poorly at night.

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