Sleep Protection: Watch For Unexpected Caffeine!

You are doing everything you can to stay asleep once you’re sleeping. Unfortunately, if you cannot actually fall asleep or if something in addition to your sleep disorder is keeping you up, you will be making matters much worse for yourself. You may be thinking to yourself, “But I’m avoiding caffeine and I’m eating healthy!” Are you sure about the caffeine? In many instances, it sneaks its way into certain products, leaving you consuming it without even noticing! Let’s cover some of those possibilities, so you can ensure you’re not doing anything to get in the way of your rest each night.

Certain Medications

Some medications, often those made for headache relief, will include caffeine. Always take a look at the main ingredients to ensure caffeine isn’t on the list.

Unexpected Sodas

Whether you’re drinking an orange soda or root beer that you simply assume is free of caffeine or if you’re reaching for a fancy water or fruit drink, always read the ingredients. In some instances, you may be shocked to find that your favorite beverage contains caffeine! You don’t want this to get in the way of treating your sleep disorder.

Chocolate Bars

Cocoa beans contain caffeine. As a result, eating chocolate as you’re getting closer to bedtime may sound cozy but may negatively affect your chance at treating your sleep disorder with ease! Skip the cocoa at night.

Decaf Coffee

Decaf coffee doesn’t necessarily mean “caffeine free” coffee. It just means that a significant amount of the caffeine has been removed. It may be best to skip coffee altogether in the afternoon and evening hours if you are particularly sensitive, so this doesn’t make matters worse for your sleep.

Consider Our Suggestions For Sleep Disorder Treatment

If you’re thinking that a sleep disorder may be affecting your sleep or if you are treating one but are experiencing some difficulty, let us know! Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515) 244-9565.