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Date TimeAugust 07, 2019
VoiceDrinking coffee or tea within four hours of bedtime does not affect your sleep, a study has found.
Drinking Coffee Within 4 Hours Of Bedtime Does Not Impact Your Sleep
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Harvard Medical School recorded caffeine, alcohol and nicotine consumption among 785 volunteers and compared daily sleep diaries and data from wrist sensors.
Around 40% of the group consumed caffeine on at least one night of the study, which was carried out for an average of 6.7 nights.
The study found that while nicotine and alcohol disrupted sleep – with a late cigarette taking 42 minutes off total sleep for insomniacs – caffeine seemed to have no effect.
Writing in the journal Sleep, Dr Christine Spadola, of Florida Atlantic University, said relatively few studies have thoroughly investigated the association between evening substance use and sleep parameters.
“A night with use of nicotine and/or alcohol within four hours of bedtime demonstrated worse sleep continuity than a night without. We did not observe an association between ingestion of caffeine within four hours of bed with any of the sleep parameters,” she said.
“This was a surprise to us but is not unprecedented. The previous evidence is mixed when it comes to the effect of caffeine on sleep.” [Read More: How To Have A Better Night’s Sleep: The Ultimate Guide]
She added that the findings “support the importance of sleep health recommendations which promote the restriction of evening nicotine and alcohol”.
Nicotine was the substance most strongly associated with sleep disruption.  Among participants with insomnia, nightly nicotine use was associated with an average 42.47-minute reduction in sleep duration.
The study doesn’t necessarily mean you should start quaffing coffee before bed though, particularly if you’ve found it to disrupt your sleep in the past. Previous reports have suggested caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person. 
The NHS recommends cutting down on tea, coffee, energy drinks or cola before bed as caffeine is thought to interfere with the process of falling asleep.READ MORE: Three Types Of Caffeine Sensitivity Revealed In Report - Which Are You? How To Have A Better Night's Sleep: The Ultimate Sleep Hygiene Guide This Is What It's Like To Fear Going To Bed

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