Sources of Caffeine

September 29, 2016

Many products that we eat or drink contain caffeine or stimulant ingredients and we may not even know it. If you find that you are not sleeping as well as you could, check the list below to ensure you are not consuming a stimulating product within three to four hours before bedtime.

Sneaky Caffeine

When a label says no caffeine it doesn’t necessarily mean its stimulant free, it simply means there was none added to the product.

There are many plant products which have caffeine similar compounds in them which can be added to products and not be labeled as caffeine.

If you’re not aware of these stimulating ingredients and are sensitive, you may find that you’re not sleeping as well and have no understanding as to why.

Below is a list of ingredients that have caffeine stimulants in them:

– Coffee bean
– Cocoa
– Kola Nut
– Cola
– Yerba Mate
– Guarana
– Green Tea
– Black Tea
– Camellia
– Kombucha
– 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine
– Guayusa
– Yaupon
– Dicaffeine Malate
– Caffeine Citrate

As you can see caffeine is called a lot of different things and often has an exotic sounding name, this is due to much of the products coming from South America or Asia. Read your labels and know what they mean.

Health Canada states that an average adult can consume up to 400mg of caffeine a day without any adverse effects. With an 8oz cup of coffee containing 135 mg of caffeine and chocolate having a range from 10mg to 60mg (the darker the chocolate, the higher the content) per serving, your limit can be reached very quickly if you don’t pay attention to what you are consuming.

As the weather starts to cool with Fall in full swing, remember as you cozy up with a hot cocoa to add 5 mg to your caffeine total and give your body time to ingest and wear it off prior to trying to sleep

The Team at SleepTech
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