Study Based on New York Financial Traders Finds How Coffee and Alcohol Team Up to Affect Sleep

A study examining the drinking habits and sleep patterns of 17 financial traders in New York suggests that alcohol’s sedative effects in the evening can compensate for daytime coffee’s stimulating effects. The researchers found that the interdependence may be viewed as “self-medication of evening sedation with alcohol to combat the prior daytime ingestion of caffeine and vice versa”. The study found that when evening alcohol consumption followed daytime caffeine consumption, the interaction between the two had a positive effect on sleep quality and quantity. The findings should not be interpreted as a pathway to overcoming the negative effects of excessive caffeine consumption.

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