Coffee Before Bed: Should You Drink At Night Around Bedtime?

Coffee’s caffeine is famous for its ability to wake us up and clear our minds but does it help us sleep?

If you grew up in an Italian family like myself, you’d be accustomed to the traditional after dinner espresso; a drink I’ve always treated as a bit of a Russian Roulette.

Will my night time cup keep me from falling asleep or help me dream tonight?


It’s a bit of a gamble, I’ll be honest; but with a bit of personal exploration and bedtime experimentation, we can at least make progress toward the truth.

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Everyone’s body is different; therefor making this a bit of a fun journey into who we are.

Consider the prescription of drugs for those experiencing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD (Hyperactivity). Adderall, is one of the most widely known stimulants prescribed for these disorders.

But how does a stimulant, something you’d imagine to make you hyperactivity and unfocused, actually help calm those effected?

We’ll leave the neuroscience and brain biochemistry to the scientists but I believe caffeine and coffee’s ability to help or hinder your sleep is dependent on where you fall on this ADD spectrum.


Of course a self-diagnosis holds no weight, but it’s worth the bedtime coffee indulgence at Starbucks.


My last option here is always decaffeinated coffee, which I use as a sort of placebo; telling myself it’s regular coffee — that I will be as productive and focused as I usually am on my favorite brew.

Never underestimate the power of attitude going into a situation. You’re more often than not your own worst enemy.

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  1. This is an interesting concept. While I don’t drink coffee I’ve definitely heard that you shouldn’t drink it before bed. You’ve introduced an interesting concept of basing it on where you land on the ADD spectrum. The nerd in me wants to conduct a survey.

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  2. I always have a cup of decaf around 8 pm which is about 2 hours before bed. Sometime I think it still affects me but not as much as if I had a regular cup. For Decaf I usually buy Nabob or Tim Hortons and they are both fairly good coffee even decaf.

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    1. Agree with you so much. I’ll get terrible anxiety at night. Melatonin comes out when its dark; making you more sleepy. If you try to drink coffee while its dark, then you’re just giving your a brain a difficult time!

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  3. My hubby doesn’t seem to be bothered by coffee. I, on the other hand, can’t sleep when I’ve had too much! I shake uncontrollably when I have a venti matcha latte from Starbucks!

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  4. well, to be honest, I really think that the affect of drinking coffee very late in a day is totally depending of our metabolism…for my exemple, I’m of turkish origins and we also have a very strong little coffee, I can drink it in the night without any difficukty to fall asleep. Commonly I drink my last coffee just before going at bed and I never had any problem!

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  5. I don’t really drink coffee, but have always heard people say not to drink it because it would keep you awake. Which puzzles me, because they always offer after dinner coffee, isn’t that too close to bedtime?

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  6. Well i have fallen into habit of coffee drinking for appetite control, however, I would not dare take coffee before bedtime. My experience is that coffee chases sleep away as when I was studying coffee is what I relied on to keep me awake.

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