Caffeine on sleep deprivation

How caffeine affect people, child and adults, differently and the effect on your sleep patterns

This is going to explore the effects of caffeine on sleep deprivation.

Caffeine is a known stimulant and energizes the body.  It is contained in coffee, tea, sodas, chocolate and a host of other products.

For children, it is not recommended to give them any caffeine or sugar product before bedtime.  But with adults – some may be effected by having caffeine relax them and others may be effected by having the caffeine stimulate them.

For children and those adults who caffeine has a bad effect on – they should avoid using it before bedtime.  In those adults who are not effected by caffeine, a cup of hot tea would probably be best before bedtime.

In most people, caffeine can lead to sleep deprivation.  People who work the night shifts may drink coffee all night to stay awake, and they become unable to sleep after going home in the morning.  If this keeps happening day after day, it can begin to mess up your sleep cycle or pattern. An irregular sleep pattern means that you miss the stage of sleep  known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and this is when the brain, muscles and circulatory systems repair any damage on them which might have happened during your wake period.

Shift work can be very hard on people.  I worked the night shift for the police department for 3 years, twenty years ago, and I now have some health problems that can be traced back to working nights for so long.  This illustrates how important good sleep habits are and how you should instill healthy sleeping habits in your children from the very beginning.

A few of the symptoms of poor sleep habits can be aching muscles, clinical depression, decreased mental activity and concentration. Furthermore severe sleep deprivation can cause symptoms of depersonalization/derealization, weakened immune system, hallucinations (visual and auditory), hypertension, psychosis-like symptoms, slowed reaction time, slurred and/or nonsensical speech, and symptoms similar to:  Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and alcoholic intoxication.  It is also thought to be the cause of a health problem that has just begun to be studied call fibromyalgia which is a problem where the person feels as if they would if they had the flu – aching all over.

Let’s say that you have followed all the tips for healthy sleep and you are still now sleeping well.  Now what do you do — you may be thinking about over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids or another sleep product. OTC sleep aids are often effective but only for occasional sleepless night.  Consult with your doctor before taking any sleep medication OTC or prescribed

Sleep medicine have now become a recognized medical subspecialty because of the steady rise in sleep disorders.  Sleep doctors are able to fine and treat both common and rare sleep disorders.

Most doctors will tell you that too much caffeine in the evening or in the case of shift work, in the morning – will eventually disturb your healthy sleep patterns.  Take it from one who knows, sometimes night work is just not worth it, because of the health toll it can take on your over all health – even years later.