KRIS ABEL

App Pick - Manage Your Caffeine Intake With UP Coffee

Posted By: Kris Abel · 3/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

If you go to bed with caffeine still in your system you’re likely to have a difficult time getting a good night’s sleep. That’s the thinking behind this daily tracker which uses simple graphics to help you record every drink, sweet, or medication you take during the day that may contain caffeine. This includes various coffees, teas, sodas, and energy drinks.

UP Coffee

iPhone

Free

Flask graphic with animated bubbles

As you add them from the list, animated brown bubbles fall to represent their presence in your body and a graph chart reveals how your system will react over time. These calculations are based on your weight, height, and gender. If you type in your target bed time, it will estimate a matching cut-off hour in the evening for your last caffeine drink so you can hit the pillow with as little of it in your system as possible.

Is it accurate? By no means no. Everyone’s body tends to react differently, but as a ballpark figure it’s useful enough to educate you on the effects of caffeine on your body and yes, help you make choices for better sleep patterns.

Graph displaying daily caffeine levels

Created by headset maker Jawbone, the app is also designed with their UP fitness band in order to link in data from your activity and sleep levels. The information is interesting, but it won’t help you squeeze any more benefit from the app than it already offers.

If you avoid caffeine in the late hours of the evening, you’re likely to sleep better. It’s as simple as that.

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