From time to time we hear many things to do and not do, but some things make more sense than others! I wouldn’t regularly have coffee at night, but on occasions I might. I just read an article – ‘Coffee in the evening turns the body clock back by around an hour’ and this has made me re-think the effects.
The article is very interesting and worth a read and the study was conducted by US scientists from the University of Colorado. They studied five people over a period of 49 days.
Dr John O’Neill, joint lead researcher at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said the findings provided a more complete explanation for why some people find it harder to sleep if they’ve had a coffee in the evening. He said because their internal clockwork thinks that they’re an hour further west.
“By understanding the effect caffeinated drinks have on our body clock, right down to the level of individual cells, gives greater insight into how we can influence our natural 24 hour cycle – for better or for worse,” Dr O’Neill said.