If you have cut down your coffee intake because it’s keeping you up all night, in about a week or two, your sleep troubles should be sorted. However, if all your efforts have been in vain, you probably shouldn’t be blaming the cup of coffee. The caffeine in coffee is what makes you go sleepless, and coffee is not the only source. Here are some unusual sources of caffeine that might be keeping you up every night without your knowledge:
1. Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast cereals are on the top of the breakfast menu for most. It is easy to cook, available everywhere, and come in various flavors. However, along with your morning cup of coffee, these cereals could be giving you that extra energy boost because of the caffeine content. Most breakfast cereals, especially chocolate-flavored ones, contain up to 11 mg of caffeine.1 If you
2. Protein Bars
Protein bars are a favorite among athletes and individuals who want to lose weight. These bars are regular snack munchies and keep you feeling full and energized. But, protein bars (formulated bars) contain some amount of caffeine. So, if you consider protein bars a healthy midnight snack, they could be the reason for your delayed sleep, too.
3. Flavored Nuts And Seeds
Nuts and seeds are healthy foods that provide the body with nutrients like proteins, calcium,
4. Fruit Sodas
Carbonated soft drinks are caffeinated beverages. So, fruit sodas should be a better choice, right? Wrong! Fruit sodas like orange and lemon drinks also contain a fair amount of caffeine in them. The caffeine content varies with different brands. So, even if you limit your coffee, drinking a few cans of fruit sodas can easily cross the recommended caffeine intake.
5. Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt is the gut-friendly food that all
6. Energy Water
Who would expect bottled water to contain caffeine! But there it is.4 If flavored, bottled drinking water is keeping you energized and unusually alert, it is because of caffeine. In addition
7. Mouth Fresheners
Some people chew gum to curb junk cravings after meals while others chew gum to kill the urge to smoke. However, certain types of mouth fresheners like gums and mints may contain caffeine. Since these are small in size, you might pop 2 or 3 at a time and thus let caffeine sneak into your body.
The easiest way to get rid of a headache is to pop a pill. Women pop them all the time to ease period cramps. But, what you must know is that caffeine is a common ingredient in many of the painkillers sold in the United States.6 So, if you are aching at night, easing it with a painkiller may cause you to stay up late than get some rest.
To sleep like a baby every single day, read the nutrition label before purchasing any of these products. If your sleep issues are persistent, try to cut down on coffee as well as other caffeinated beverages. In addition, always consult the doctor before self-medicating.
|↑1||Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine. National Sleep Foundation.|
|↑2||Guidelines on caffeine intake. Coffee&health.|
|↑3||Basic Report: 42186, Frozen yogurts, chocolate. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑4||Persad, Leeana Aarthi Bagwath. “Energy drinks and the neurophysiological impact of caffeine.” Frontiers in neuroscience 5 (2011).|
|↑5||Moustakas, Dimitrios, Michael Mezzio, Branden R. Rodriguez, Mic Andre Constable, Margaret E. Mulligan, and Evelyn B. Voura. “Guarana provides additional stimulation over caffeine alone in the planarian model.” PloS one 10, no. 4 (2015): e0123310.|
|↑6||Caffeine Gives a Small Boost to Painkillers’ Effectiveness. Center for Advancing Health.|