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Decaf coffee can help you sleep

Coffee & sleep a match made in heaven or hell?

The effect of caffeine on the body can be, in some people be sudden and dramatic, in others, none existent.

Coffee keeps me awake but not my fellow bedmate. Whilst I’m still wide awake at 3am he’s happily in the land of nod.

According to a BBC article dated back  2015 Coffee has a secret trick to stop sleep. Scientists say in their study, (Science Translation Medicine) showed caffeine was more than just a stimulant and actually slowed down the body’s internal clock.Decaf ground coffee

One of the researchers, Dr John O’Neill, from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, studied cells grown in a dish that was exposed to caffeine to work out how it changed their ability to keep time.

It showed the drug (caffeine) was able to alter the chemical clocks ticking away in every cell of the human body.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, five people at the University of Colorado Boulder, in the US, were locked in a sleep laboratory for 50 days.

And as light exposure is the main way we normally control our body clock, they spent most of their incarceration in very dim light.

In a series of experiments over the month and a half, the scientists showed that an evening dose of caffeine slowed the body clock by 40 minutes.

It (caffeine) had roughly half the impact of three hours of bright light at bedtime.

Caffeine is the worlds most popular drug, found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod. Worldwide people consume Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day..that’s just coffee. Caffeine also turns up in tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.

While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.

Sleep deprivation can make you feel awful. Waking up tired, cranky and out of sorts not only affects you but also the people you come into contact with.

How to get more sleep:

Natural Sleep Foundation recommends practicing the following sleep tips:

  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends
  • Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a bath or listening to music
  • Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex
  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
  • Exercise regularly but avoid it a few hours before bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime
  • Don’t smoke — not only is it a major health risk it can lead to poor sleep
  • Avoid alcohol close to bedtime; it can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night

~~~Don’t forget to turn off your mobile phone/laptop ~~~leave them downstairs~~~invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock~~ you managed before you had a smartphone so you can do it again (unless you are a millennial!)

You could also try swapping your last cup of coffee for a Decaf – it’s hard to find a decaf that tastes like a decent cup of coffee, I know because we’ve tried!

But we have managed to source one – click the link for Crazy Cat Decaf.

Crazy Cat Ground Coffee


Can you drink coffee if you have Crohns

Coffee, Caffeine & Crohns.

Crohns & Ground Coffee a match made in heaven or caffeine hell?

I appear to have fallen down a rabbit hole.

I began with writing a piece on caffeine and end up with all kinds of inflammatory bowel diseases. 🤔

My intention was to highlight the effects of Ground coffee on the body.  Specifically the digestive system, it came apparent that there are lots of people out there who just cannot tolerate caffeine.

I suffer occasionally with IBS when I overload on Wheat & Dairy. Having done a little research I’m also maxed out on Coffee (which is a nightmare considering we sell the stuff).

Whilst I’m at it – rant about to happen – why do people dis the decaf?

Why is it that the “coffee snobs”  roll their eyes and decide you are some kind of philistine for asking for a decaf coffee?

My point is (when I get to it ) that Coffee & more specifically caffeine can have a detrimental impact on your health.  If you are already suffering from a debilitating digestive condition then it could make it worse.

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Reasons to reduce or ditch the coffee altogether:

1) It makes you go to the toilet more – when you’re already faced with a sensitive bowel the last thing you want is to add to the emergency.

The coffee response can be immediate or it could happen hours after you consume it. Great if you’re constipated but not so good if you are already “loose” in that department.

Researchers found that coffee promotes the release of gastrin, a hormone produced in the stomach and known to increase motor activity in the colon. But the response with decaffeinated was the same as caffeinated coffee so it must be something else.

2) Coffee reduces your ability to deal with stress – when you’re already having to cope mentally & emotionally with a debilitating disease you don’t need caffeine. If you have too much it can lead to restlessness, anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness.

Caffeine elevates the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These are the hormones that increase your heart rate and blood pressure and divert blood flow away from other bodily functions, like digestion, to prepare your body for “fight or flight.”

3) Coffee can disturb your sleep pattern – my mother in law always says that “while your body is sleeping it’s healing” at least we agree on one thing 😏

Here’s an easy explanation of why coffee affects our sleep patterns from the National Sleep Foundation

“Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production”

4) It may also increase chances of a “leaky gut” & trigger the Immune System. 

Or Intestinal permeability. Sounds horrible and the condition becomes very painful very fast.

Coffee beans are seeds which contain protective compounds to prevent digestion, this is how they ensure the survival of the plant species. These same compounds can cause increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut).  Coffee can also cause the immune system to exaggerate inflammation which is why coffee and other seeds are initially eliminated on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP).

Crazy Cat decaf coffee - all of the taste, less of the kick.

 

No Caffeine or Decaffeinated – is there a difference?

“Decaffeinated” does not mean 100% caffeine free. Most ground coffee still has between 5-10% caffeine so be careful on your choice of coffee.

Test the amount of caffeine you drink – if you have an adverse reaction then reduce it or cut it out.

But then that goes for everything we humans do be it relationships, jobs, exercise.

I say  “If it hurts don’t do it” 🤗

Our decaffeinated coffee uses the Mexican mountain washing process removes 99.5-99.9% of caffeine. It’s as close as you can get without losing the dark Italian roast strength.

If you would like to try Crazy Cat Decaffeinated Coffee it’s available via Amazon.co.uk. Click the link or the image below.

 

 

Extract from Gutsy by Nature:

Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants—and we know that antioxidants fight off free radicals that cause damage to our cells, which can age us prematurely and potentially cause a whole host of other health issues. That said, coffee beans do lose some of their antioxidant content through the decaffeination process, but there are still some present, so it’s beneficial all the same. Apart from antioxidants, a cup of decaffeinated coffee has 2.4% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium, 4.8% of potassium and 2.5% of niacin. There are certainly some decaffeinated coffee health benefits.

gutsybynature.com

Extract from The Paleomom:
In a nutshell (er, a coffee bean husk), coffee offers a variety of pros and cons that are extremely context dependent. For many people, coffee is a fine addition to a Paleo diet (especially when consumed in moderation, in filtered form, early in the day, and with a meal rather than on an empty stomach). People with gallbladder problems, who metabolize caffeine more slowly, or who simply experience adverse side effects like an upset stomach or heartburn should proceed with caution where coffee is concerned.
References:
The Paleomom

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