Dr Oz: Sleep Vs Caffeine
Americans love their Caffeine, as Dr Oz knows, because it’s often a hot health topic among viewers. But how do you balance your consumption of caffeine with the need for a good night’s sleep? Sleep expert Dr Michael Breus was on hand to share a Caffeine Plan you can use throughout your day to maximize the benefits and mitigate the side effects.
Dr Oz: Do I Have Caffeine Sensitivity?
He also explained how to figure out whether you have Caffeine Sensitivity. Does drinking a cup of coffee at night affect your sleep?
If you can answer always, usually, or sometimes, you are Caffeine Sensitive to some degree. But if your answer is never, then you don’t have to worry about Caffeine Sensitivity.
Dr Oz: Too Much Caffeine?
Dr Breus said the maximum amount of caffeine a person should consume in a day is 200-250 mg. Two cups of drip coffee (about 110 mg each) would get you to that limit. By comparison, tea contains an average of 60 mg per cup.
However, if you are attempting to cut back on your Caffeine consumption, his advice was to do it gradually. Going cold turkey could lead to symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations, and possibly even an ER visit.
Dr Oz: When Should I Drink Coffee?
Dr Oz introduced Gladys, a mom who drinks around five cups of coffee each day. She is a light sleeper, and she has her first cup at 6 a.m. By 6 p.m., she is ready for her last cup of the day.
Dr Breus had a plan to help Gladys and others consume their coffee strategically. He suggested drinking the first cup of Coffee at 9 a.m., followed by Iced Coffee at 1 p.m. Then take a 20-minute nap, or “napalatte,” between 1 and 2:30 p.m. This helps you rest up while the Caffeine kicks in. That should also make you less tired for the rest of your day.
Dr Breus wanted everyone to try to cut their Caffeine consumption in half.
Dr Oz: Echinacea Tea Review
Dr Breus also explained a trick to make your morning caffeine boost last even longer. Try drinking Echinacea Tea following your morning cup of coffee. That should make you feel alert longer, which means you shouldn’t need more coffee. Try having this tea about 11 a.m.
You can also help your body process caffeine at dinner, so it’s not lingering at bedtime. Eat Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, or Kale at dinner. Caffeine has a half life of seven to 10 hours, meaning that half of it will still be in your body for that long after you finish your last cup of the day.