By now you’ve probably heard all about the health benefits (and possible weight loss benefits) of coffee, but did you know that you could get a more restful night’s sleep with it? You’ve probably spent years and years believing that drinking coffee at night would keep you from falling asleep, but a recent study could be totally debunking that idea. Scientists from Florida Atlantic University, Harvard, Emory, and Mississippi Medical Centre have found that caffeine is least likely to be the substance keeping you up at night, but what is?
Coffee May Help You Fall Asleep Faster
The researchers in this recent study found that coffee is not the culprit behind insomnia. Rather, it’s more likley to be that smoke-break after dinner or the late-night glass of alcohol. Their research showed that nicotine and alcohol actually lead to far more difficulty falling asleep.
These scientists conducted a very elaborate study over the course of 14 years with 785 participants of varying age, gender, and ethnicity. Subjects were required to wear a sleep sensor on their wrist and keep a detailed journal of their eating habits, drinking habits, and overall lifestyle habits. Subjects kept detailed logs of the times they went to bed, how long they slept, what their sleeping environment was, and anything they consumed within four hours of going to bed.
The study found that participants who smoked cigarettes or vaped got an average of 43 minutes less sleep than the other participants. Those who drank alcohol within four hours of going to bed were more likely to have interrupted sleep patterns, typically linked to sleep disorders. Around 40% of the participants said they drank caffeinated drinks within four hours of going to bed and those participants had no disturbances in their sleep pattern or any significant lack of overall sleep.
The results of the study led researchers to conclude that while nicotine and alcohol led to significant impairment in sleep, coffee consumption had no measurable effect whatsoever. So that means you can sip your favorite cappuccino, macchiato, or latte before bed without cutting into your recommended amount of sleep time. That cigarette and happy hour drink, though? You may want to pass on those…