In our dental office, we consider ourselves to be a part of our patients’ health. This involves taking care of any oral health issues and also involves educating our patients and providing information on what they can do to prevent health problems from developing or to address any conditions there currently struggling with. Among them is a lack of sleep.
Not getting enough sleep can have negative consequences, including:
- Heart disease
- Driving accident
- High blood pressure
- Lack of well-being
- Failure to concentrate
- Relationship difficulties
These are only a few of the problems associated with a lack of sleep so when it is possible to improve your sleep patterns – you should.
Watch out for caffeine.
Most of the patients who visit our dental office realize that if they are not getting enough sleep, caffeine can be the culprit. Drinking coffee in the evening or consuming a lot of tea can interfere with healthy sleep patterns. Drinking soda can as well since all three are high in caffeine. This is common knowledge and, as a dentist, we recommend drinking water in the evening instead.
This is good for sleep patterns and also better for oral health in general. Still, there are foods and drinks that contain caffeine that many people are unaware of. These include:
#1. Orange soda
Remember the soda McDonald’s used to serve kids? That yummy orange drink is still popular on the grocery store shelves and it is full of caffeine. Orange soda is so high in caffeine that it contains more caffeine that cola. While surprising to most, it is something to be aware of and something to avoid buying.
#2. Pain medication
Taking medication is sometimes necessary to help relieve headaches, joint pain, etc. What most people do not realize is that many of these medications contain caffeine to help them work more effectively. In other words, the standard brand of pain reliever may contain more than the active ingredient on the label. Think twice before taking medication at bedtime.
Flavored almonds can be high in caffeine so while they are billed as being a healthy choice, they may not be. This underscores the importance of reading labels before buying anything, especially when purchasing food that will be given to children.
#4. Flavored water
In our dental office, we regularly warn patients about drinking flavored water. It appears to be healthy but can be high in acidity which is bad for the teeth. It can also contain caffeine. The best thing to drink is plain water since it is refreshing and good for the body in general.
#5. Protein or meal replacement bars
Caffeine is often added to meal replacement bars, making them far less healthy than they may first appear. It is best to eat whole foods like a salad with fresh vegetables when trying to lose weight. Then, it is easy to know what is being eaten. Any time food is highly processed, there is a good chance that unhealthy ingredients will be added so read the label first.
Get more health tips from our dental office.
We encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment for more healthy eating and drinking tips.
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