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How long does caffeine take to kick in?

How long does caffeine take to kick in?

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Coffee, cola and other caffeine based drinks act as stimulants.

Asked by: Bob Ellis, Edinburgh

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Studies have found that the effects of a cup of coffee or a glass of cola are noticeable after just 10 minutes, but the peak caffeine concentration in the blood occurs after 45 minutes. If you take the same caffeine dose in tablet form, the peak caffeine level will be the same but it takes longer – between 60 and 75 minutes – to reach that peak.

For most people, the caffeine level in your body halves roughly every six hours. So 50 per cent of the caffeine from your 4pm cuppa is still circulating in your system at bedtime.

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Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.

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