Mar 052014
 

Is The Caffeine In Your Pain Medications Causing Your Insomnia?

Insomnia affects millions of men and women in this country.  It becomes quite a problem when you can’t pinpoint what is causing the insomnia in the first place.  Maybe you have cut out coffee or caffeine altogether (so you think) and you still can’t sleep at night.  On today’s (March 5, 2014) Dr. Oz talks about how many pain medications contain caffeine and this could be the reason for your sleepless nights.

OTC Pain Medications Contain High Amounts Of Caffeine

Dr. Oz invited Dr. Carol Ash (sleep specialist) on to the show to talk about how the pills you take to manage pain may be causing insomnia.  She said that many over the counter pain relievers contain high levels of caffeine.  She said that pain meds contain caffeine because it helps your body to absorb the medication better.  Many people take pain meds at night thinking that it will help them sleep better, when in reality it does the opposite.

Dr. Ash said that pain meds with caffeine spike your adrenaline and may cause you to feel jittery and your heart to beat faster.  The caffeine also acts as a diuretic and will cause you to wake up throughout the night to go to the bathroom.How Do You Know If Your Pain Reliever Contains Caffeine?Did you know that some medications used to treat headaches and pain contain 30 percent more caffeine than a large cup of coffee?  It’s easy to see why you have insomnia if you are taking these kinds of pain meds at night before bed!  Here are the tips that Dr. Oz gave on how to avoid choosing pain medications that contain caffeine.

  • Read the labels on the packaging and look for either 100% Acetaminophen or 100% Ibuprofen
  • Read the labels and look for it to say “Caffeine Free”

If you don’t want to stop using your particular pain medication, Dr. Ash advised to don’t take it within 6 hours of going to bed at night.

4 Minute HIIT  Workout Called “Tabata”

Did you know that in 20 seconds you can blast away your fat?  Dr. Oz invited Brett Hoebel (fitness guru) on to the show to share his 20 second exercise interval method called HIIT (this acronym stands for High Intensity Interval Training).  Brett Hoebel says that you will see results from this 4 minute daily workout in one week!  Here is the exercise routine that was displayed on today’s 3/5/2014 episode :

  • 20 seconds of doing the “Squatting Duck”
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 20 seconds of “Boxer Arms”
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Move “Side to Side” for 20 seconds with high intensity
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • March Hop for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds

Do this exercise routine times.  Since you will be doing this exercise workout with high intensity just a 4 minute workout will go a long way!Are you a fan of Dr. Oz but unable to view his show as often as you would like?  Consider Liking “Fans of Dr. Oz” on Facebook to view saily show recaps and summaries.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to convey medical advice or to substitute for advice from your own physician.