It’s January, a month that’s not especially popular at the best of times, let alone when it follows the Christmas (and 2020) many of us have had but here’s hoping 2021 can only get better. Whilst we’re waiting for life to show signs of returning to normal, we’re also eagerly anticipating the days getting longer and hopefully even some rays of sunshine.
At the same time, January is the month for starting that new health kick. Whether you’re joining the gym, trying out the new running shoes you got for Christmas or just promising yourself you’re never going to overindulge in food or drink ever again, January is the month we all take a good hard look at our health. That’s why we wanted to share with you some lesser-known facts about coffee and the impact it can have on your health.
Did you know…
Caffeine is often associated with causing headaches and if you’re prone to headaches and consume a lot of caffeine, switching to decaf could probably help you. But did you know caffeine can actually help headaches too?
Caffeine is found in lots of over the counter painkillers because they work faster when they can get into your metabolism quicker. It’s also an anti-inflammatory which can help depending on the type of headache so next time you feel a headache coming on, a quick cup of joe could help.
How long does caffeine stay in your system? This is one of those piece of string questions, but caffeine has a half life of around 5 hours. The average cup of coffee contains around 100 milligrams of caffeine, so you’ll still have 50mg in your blood after five hours.
For those of us who don’t speak science, the next obvious question is how much coffee can we drink each day? The NHS says around three to four cups a day is perfectly fine (assuming you’re not prone to certain health conditions or pregnant) and regular coffee drinkers can even experience positive health benefits from their habit.
If you’re worried about your coffee stopping you getting a restful night’s sleep, you probably want to know when you should stop drinking coffee before bed? You shouldn’t consume caffeine up to seven hours before you go to sleep. Even if you find you can drift off without any problems, if you’ve still got caffeine in your system, studies have shown it can contribute to a lower quality of sleep leaving you feeling less well rested when you wake up.
As a general rule of thumb, between 10:00am and midday is the perfect time for a caffeine jolt. This is when your brain might be most grateful for a pick me up and it will see you through to lunch. Here at TOPL HQ, many of us tend to switch to decaf after lunch so we can still enjoy our coffee without losing out on a good night’s sleep.