Your father loves his coffee. He has been a coffee drinker most of his adult life. He has a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, long before the rooster crows. He has another cup later in the morning, one in the afternoon, one at dinner, and he continues to have a cup of decaffeinated coffee late in the evening, probably even before he goes to bed. This has been frustrating for you because he has been struggling with recovery from a recent medical emergency.
March is National Caffeine Awareness Month and his coffee consumption can actually be interfering with his ability to recover and may land him right back in the hospital. That’s not somewhere he wants to go. A hospital readmission is technically any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, but even if your father is 40 days after his discharge, there’s no reason he should be readmitted because of the caffeine is interfering with his recovery.
Caffeine is a stimulant.
Most people know this, but they overlook just how powerful it can be. It can alter the chemical composition in the brain and make it extremely difficult for your father to relax, unwind, and get ready for sleep. If the natural circadian rhythm of sleep is interfered with, your father is not resting as well as he should.
If he is not sleeping well, his body is not healing.
The body and brain need rest. That’s why doctors recommend between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every single night. Forget what you’ve heard from other people; everyone needs at least seven hours of sleep in order to stay healthy.
Yes, some people can feel like they function fine on just a couple of hours asleep, but as they get older they will begin to feel the physical and mental effects of a lack of proper sleep.
If he is not sleeping properly, he should consult his doctor.
He should be honest about his caffeine consumption. It’s highly recommended that he give up coffee, even decaf because that contains caffeine, for at least two weeks. He can drink coffee in the morning, but in the afternoon and evening he should be encouraged to give it up for two weeks and see how he sleeps.
When he begins to sleep better at night his recovery will get back on track and he should feel the positive effects of that.
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