December 19, 2012

The effects of caffeine abstinence on sleep: A pilot study

S C Ho et al, 2012, The effects of caffeine abstinence on sleep: A pilot study, Applied Nursing Research, published online ahead of print.
Aim: The aim of this study was to examine whether caffeine abstinence in the evening could improve the sleep quality of those who habitually consume coffee.

Design: A double-blind control group design (caffeine and caffeine-free groups).

Setting: A university.

Subjects: A convenience sampling of 10 students (mean age 21.4 years).

Methods: It was a 14-day experiment. For the first 7 days, all participants consumed caffeinated coffee. In the following 7days, subjects consumed caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee according to their assigned group.

Measures: Sleep–wake parameters, self-reported sleep quality and level of refreshment.

Results: There were no significant differences (p>.05) among the data of the two groups identified. No significant changes (p>.05) were found in the sleep quality of either group during the study.

Conclusion: This study confirms that caffeine abstinence in the evening might not be helpful in sleep promotion. It highlights the need to implement evidence-based practice in health promotion.

Modtag nyhedsbrev

Ja tak, jeg vil gerne modtage nyhedsbrev, når der er noget nyt om kaffe og helbred.