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    LifeofaFighter is offline Junior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradyvictor126 View Post
    Yes coffee has been considered a diuretic by experts but i have the same question Why do you care so much if it's a diuretic ?
    First for personal reasons as I a big coffee drinker and 2. because many of my clients like coffee and I was tying to gauge how I should consider their coffee intake towards total fluid goals for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    The confusion sometimes stems from the diuretic effects which can occur with people who start drinking coffee, but there seems to be sufficient evidence that the body adjusts over time (I don't have the study handy that supports this, but have seen this idea referenced in many places). Personally, I'm a coffee freak, but also drink a ton of water during any given day... as I would anyway.

    Most concerns would be for those who may already be overstimulated, or who have overstimulated their adrenals
    Yeah I am def a coffee advocate, good point with over stimulation. Many clients of mine drink coffee like water and forget its a stimulant at the same time.

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    I have recently made a conscious decision to really limit my coffee intake. In addition to sleep apnea, I found that I was way overstimulated to have a good night's sleep. For those of you who believe that they can drink coffee all day and still have a solid sleep cycle, your lying to yourself. The caffeine from one cup of coffee in the morning can stick with you for longer than you think, and having that second cup only compounds the amount of caffeine in your system when you go to bed. Caffeine works to disrupt your natural sleep cycle and prevents truly restful and rejuvenating sleep. Some people are more or less sensitive to caffeine but the effects end up being the same. What's more, this lack of sleep / caffeine drinking cycle can be never ending if you do not break the cycle sometime soon.

    Is coffee/caffeine needed? No... It does help to jump start the metabolism in the morning but otherwise it would be wise to simply drink water and get up and move around if you feel tired.
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    Coffee does have a long half life no doubt. I've noticed improved sleep since not drinking it after 3pm. Once or twice I had it at 5pm and didn't sleep so well I found.

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    I have one cup (16-20oz) in the morning and that's it. Then I take a big 1/2 to 1 gallon jug of water with me. Surprisingly, drinking water throughout the day keeps me more awake and alert than coffee, and with less indigestion.

    I spent a good month or so taking Melatonin (like 1mg) every night to help me get back into a good sleep cycle after cutting down on the caffeine. Now, I no longer need it and pass out within about 5 minutes of my head hitting the pillow. I haven't slept so well since high school. I am noticing real physical changes in my body, along with recovering much faster from workouts, which means I can do more each week. The sleep apnea will not go away, but at least my machine can do its job now.

    Like I mentioned earlier, work on getting yourself out of the constant need to consume caffeine. These big beverage companies have wired our brains to think that we need to consume caffeine every second of the day to maintain good energy levels. We then get put into that never ending cycle of consuming caffeine, not sleeping well at night, then consuming more caffeine. This ends up really damaging your adrenals and creating all sorts of other fun problems. I'm not trying to use scare tactics but just giving an accounting of my own experience
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    For your sleep apnea you doing the right thing to limit your coffee. I don't want to sound picky but I judge a cup of coffee as 5 ounces. So in my coffee drinking world you would be drinking 4-5 cups (16-20z for you). Maybe you can switch to smaller cups? I will admit that I most likely am drinking more coffee than what is good for me (without sugar or cream). But coffee, in my case really helps in suppressing my appetite throughout the day as I am on the Warrior Diet. Later in the day I sometimes have hot tea. I think the jury is out on the good and bad of coffee drinking. But moderation is what works...Dennis

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    Wow I didn't know coffee could cause sleep apnea.

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    I believe sleep apnea is related to being overweight. But combining excess coffee drinking with sleep apnea sounds like a problem for someone who needs to get better sleep...Dennis.

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    Very true, my sleep apnea is not coffee related, but it does not help when I am so overstimulated that I cannot fall asleep, or I wake up throughout the night. This does not allow my CPAP to do its work if the caffeine is keeping me from going into a deep sleep.

    I use one of those $1 Starbucks cups for my coffee now. I dont know the exact volume but it seems to be the right amount for me. By the time I go to bed it is no longer in my system. I love coffee and I have done well with myself reducing the volume to one in the morning.

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