Can decaffeinated coffee still keep you awake?

Can decaffeinated coffee still keep you awake?

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  1. We often get this question: “will decaffeinated coffee keep me awake?” The simple answer is no, decaf coffee will not keep you awake. How much caffeine is in decaf coffee? Decaffeination removes about 97% or more of the caffeine in coffee beans. A typical cup of decaf coffee has about 2 mg of caffeine, compared to a typical cup of regular coffee, which has about 95 mg of caffeine.

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  2. There are bioactive compounds in coffee other than caffeine which might keep you awake. Supposedly beta-carbolines which have been reported at least once as CNS stimulants (GABA-A receptor negative allosteric modulators.) They might still be present in decaf.

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  3. Yes. “Decaffeinated” is a somewhat misleading term. The process doesn’t remove ALL the caffeine, only most of it. Some brands still retain as much as 20% of the caffeine of a regular coffee. And doses as low as 10mg are enough to trigger symptoms in sensitive individuals.

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  4. I commonly get this question, and the quick answer is that decaf coffee will not keep you awake no matter what.
    There is a deeper explanation: decaffeinated coffee has shallow caffeine levels. Although decaf may taste like an authentic cup of coffee, it has almost no stimulant effect since it is removed from decaffeination 97-99% of the caffeine.
    Coffee blends contain caffeine and sugar, which keep you awake. Take away the caffeine, and you won’t have a stimulant to keep you up.
    A cup of decaf does not give you energy, boost your mood, or boost your alertness. Because of this, it’s the perfect nighttime dessert drink, especially if you’re a coffee lover like me.
    If you experience sleeplessness after drinking decaffeinated coffee, you are more likely to suffer from a psychosomatic condition. You may benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy or sleep therapy if you have more severe problems.

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  5. The decaffeination process usually removes 94 to 98 percent of caffeine from a coffee bean so some caffeine will always be present
    Skip the decaf, few brands use a natural decaffeination process and are really expensive. All the common decaf use chemicals to remove caffeine

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  6. Decaffeinated coffee still has a small amount of caffeine in it. Whether it keeps you awake or not depends on a couple of variables – (1) most importantly, how sensitive are you to stimulation from caffeine? and (2) how near to bedtime do you drink the decaffeinated coffee?
    I’m one of those folks who are sensitive to caffeine (great!). I drink three to four cups of caffeinated coffee every morning. After mid-day, it’s no caffeine for me. I sleep like a baby that night.
    If I find myself in social situations in the evening (say, dinner at a friend’s place), they will usually serve decaffeinated coffee. I usually get away with drinking a small cup of it. Just one. At least two hours before I plan to crawl into bed. Otherwise, my mind will keep churning and not shut off.
    Unfortunately, the only way you’re going to know your limits is to test them to learn when you’ve strayed over the boundary.

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  7. It depends on your tolerance for caffeine. If you develop a high tolerance for it, it won’t keep you awake. Otherwise, maybe. I have built up a tolerance for caffeine from drinking 3–5 cups of coffee daily for years so that I could drink a cup of full strength coffee and still sleep immediately (within 5 minutes). Then I weaned myself off caffeine altogether by abstaining from anything with caffeine in it for 4–6 months. And a single cup of regular coffee kept me awake for 48 hours.

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