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Does caffeine stop anyone sleeping?

Hi, every now and then I have a sleepless night. I yawn etc but as in last night it was 4am before I nodded off. I was up at 9.30 and I’m not tired at all. The only thing I can think off is caffeine? I cut it all out 18mnths ago after being diagnosed with AF. Yesterday I did tho have 4 cups of ordinary tea. Could that be the reason I couldn’t sleep? Does this happen to anyone else or am I just putting 2 an 2 together? Thankyou

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It's difficult to draw conclusions from a single day's evidence, but yeah, caffeine can keep me awake.

I've all but cut out coffee now because it seems to cause ectopics in me. But when I drank it I had a "no later than 2pm" rule. Afternoon coffees could keep me awake at night.

Tea obviously has less caffeine than coffee, but after an 18 month break you might be more sensitive to it. What time were the 4 cups?

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Just during the day but before 3 O’clock. I forget to ask for decaf. I’ve not had coffee for years as I really don’t like it. I thought alcohol might have kept me awake but it didn’t. I only have 2 glasses tho once per week. Oh how my life has changed!😂 Thankyou

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I'm lucky in that alcohol doesn't cause me any heart issues. Caffeine doesn't bring on AF but it causes annoying ectopics.

I'm glad it's that way around, I can cope with not drinking coffee anymore, I'd really miss beer.

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I’m still discovering things to be fair. Alcohol isn’t alwYs s problem. Sometimes after drinking, the next day I have palpitations then other times not. It’s always a gamble for me. Drinking SND gambling! Now there’s a combo eh. Lol. Glad you’re still able to have few tho, that’s nice. Thanks.

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yeah, some people give up everything at the first sign of AF, which is an understandable approach. I made the decision to cautiously test a few things.

My biggest trigger is dehydration. So whenever I drink alcohol I also drink lots of water. Has worked so far. If it stops working, and AF starts being the result of drinking then I'll have to cut back and/or stop :(

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Dehydration is a big factor re staying in good shape with a-fb and so easy to forget todrink enough water. I keep kids' sippy cups in purses so I always have a way to drink. They are lessbulky than water bottles and don'tleak. Plus I like the colors. Also I recently read a one-liner in a women's magazine that drinking a 12oz glass of water lowers blood cortisol significantly. I'm for anything that helps adrenal function and lowers anxiety.

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Caffine, booze, spicy foods, dehydration are all triggers for me. The other one is chocolate, I can manage a small amount of just a few choccies. One night last week it was quite late not far off going to bed, walked past the sideboard, had a box of choccies on it. I really fancied something sweet so had two small one. That night I did not sleep, awake most of the time. I forgot I had had the choccies, but it dawned on me later that day and I am sure that it was the cause. Not that I eat chocolate very often but will have to limit to much earlier in the day.

Cassie

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news-medical.net/health/Caf...

So half life of caffeine 5-6 hours.

Strong coffee, several cups of strong tea, too much 90% chocolate etc after 1400 hrs will impact sleep in some, others less so.

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Caffeine will keep me awake ( and trigger AF). I tried Pukka tea 'night time' (I don't have shares in it...) and I was out like a light...

P.s. worth checking about contra-indications with any new herbal supplement though.

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I am incredibly caffeine sensitive, always have been. I get really high off one cup of coffee and then fall off a cliff in the afternoon. It also makes me go hypoglycemic even though i am not diabetic. It also ruins my sleep. Strangely it doesn't affect my AF. Despite all of this, I still use occasionally (can't beat a cup of tea / coffee)

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