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Eat These Foods for a (Caffeine-Free) Energy Boost!

Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee every time that you feel run down, grab one of these energizing foods. Feeling energized obviously has a lot to do with getting the right amount of sleep at night, but there are some other, less obvious ways to perk yourself up. One of the easiest ways to give yourself a shot of energy is to have a snack. After all, when blood sugar is low, so is your pep. While one common strategy is to recharge with a caffeinated drink, there are lots of other caffeine-free foods that can give you the same boost. Nuts like cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts: Since they are packed…

#GoodNights Challenge and Q&A With Lifestyle Blogger Brittany Robertson

Oh My Dear blogger Brittany Robertson shares a sleep-friendly smoothie recipe that’s perfect for summer. Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. July’s Sleep Challenge The National Sleep Foundation challenged food bloggers to utilize sleep-friendly ingredients in a recipe…

Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine

Besides coffee, these other foods, beverages, and medications may also cause you to stay awake. If you’re looking for a quick jumpstart in the morning—or you’re trying to stay alert at work in the afternoon—it’s only natural to reach for a hot cup of coffee or tea. Although this ubiquitous brew may be one of the world’s most popular sources of caffeine (a natural compound that helps stimulate the central nervous system), it’s certainly not the only way to get a boost. In fact, there are several other foods, beverages, and even medications that contain significant amounts of caffeine. Consume them at the wrong time—like before bed—and they could keep you awake at times when you…

How Caffeine Works

Learn what caffeine actually does to your body. While you probably know that caffeine can keep you awake, you may not understand how the substance actually works. Myths abound when it comes to caffeine, and its effects vary from person to person. By understanding how caffeine works, you can use it more efficiently. How It Stimulates You While you’re awake, the neurons in your brain fire away and produce a compound called adenosine as a byproduct. Adenosine is constantly monitored by your nervous system through receptors. Typically, when adenosine levels drop and hit a certain low level in your spinal cord and brain, your body will signal to you to start relaxing to prepare for sleep….

How Do I Wean Myself From Caffeine?

If it isn’t agreeing with you or it’s risky for your health, take these steps to cut back. C’mon, fess up: Are you a java junkie? Is all the caffeine you’re consuming good for your body and mind? As much as you love the kick that you get from caffeine, there may be circumstances where you’d be better off reducing your intake, consuming it only in the morning, or quitting it altogether. These include… You’re Sensitive to It: Caffeine affects people differently, so just because an afternoon or evening cup of coffee won’t affect your spouse’s sleep doesn’t mean that it won’t affect yours.  Remember that caffeine is a powerful stimulant and its effects can…

How Much Caffeine Should You Really Be Having?

The magic hour: when to stop drinking coffee It can be hard to keep up with all the information that’s out there regarding caffeine. Is it bad for us or not? How much is too much? And how, exactly, does caffeine interfere with sleep? In terms of how much caffeine you should have, the general consensus is that up to 500 milligrams per day—or roughly the equivalent of four eight-ounce cups of brewed coffee—is safe for adults. Children, on the other hand, should have no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. Drinking more than the recommended amount of caffeine per day can cause adverse side effects, many of which interfere with proper sleep cycles….