The effects of caffeine abstinence on sleep: A pilot study

Shuk Ching HO, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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Aim: The aim of this study was to examine whether caffeine abstinence in the evening could improve the sleep quality of those who habitually consume coffee. Design: A double-blind control group design (caffeine and caffeine-free groups). Setting: A university. Subjects: A convenience sampling of 10 students (mean age 21.4 years). Methods: It was a 14-day experiment. For the first 7 days, all participants consumed caffeinated coffee. In the following 7 days, subjects consumed caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee according to their assigned group. Measures: Sleep–wake parameters, self-reported sleep quality and level of refreshment. Results: There were no significant differences (p > .05) among the data of the two groups identified. No significant changes (p > .05) were found in the sleep quality of either group during the study. Conclusion: This study confirms that caffeine abstinence in the evening might not be helpful in sleep promotion. It highlights the need to implement evidence-based practice in health promotion. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-84
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


Ho, S. C., & Chung, J. W. Y. (2013). The effects of caffeine abstinence on sleep: A pilot study. Applied Nursing Research, 26(2), 80–84.


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Coffee
  • Sleep promotion
  • Caffeine
  • Sleep hygiene


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