Why You Should Quit Caffeine
If you suffer from sleep apnea and have a caffeine consumption habit, one of the first things you should do at the start of your sleep apnea treatment is cut out caffeine. We recommend starting slowly and then gradually cut down on your daily intake until you’re no longer consuming anymore. This will help you avoid headaches.
Cutting down or cutting out caffeine when you have sleep apnea can bring you a number of benefits. First, it can help you break your endless cycle of exhaustion. Not only will sleep apnea treatment helps you start sleeping better at night but cutting down on caffeine will too. Caffeine can affect your sleep cycle and thus contribute to feeling tired the next day. Caffeine has a six-hour-half-life, meaning it stays in your body for up to 24 hours. The more you consume throughout the day, the more that’s still in your body when you go to bed. If you consume it too close to bedtime, it can cost you at least an hour of sleep.
Cutting down on caffeine can also help lower your blood pressure–another common side effect of sleep apnea. With sleep apnea treatment and caffeine reduction, you can likely lower your blood pressure to a healthy level again.
Reducing caffeine intake can also improve your mood–another side effect that also improves with sleep apnea treatment. Lastly, reducing caffeine consumption can reduce your waistline if your main source of caffeine is with high-calorie drinks.
If you find yourself unable to function during the day without the help of caffeine or other anti-sleepiness aids, you should talk to your doctor about sleep apnea. For help finding a sleep doctor or finding the right sleep apnea treatment, please call (402) 493-4175 for an appointment with an Omaha sleep dentist at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center.