I've had people tell me that coffee and tea - as long as they are plain - do count towards your daily water intake. Or even if you put fruit in water. However, I personally believe that your water intake should just be plain water.
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If you are wakeful because you need to pee, you could try getting all your fluids in earlier in the day, and go to the bathroom before bed, so that you are not waking for that reason.
If you are drinking a lot of coffee and that is what is keeping you wakeful, you might need to drink less coffee or switch some of it to decaf.
I used to drink tons of coffee all the time. Later I found that more than two cups actually interferes with sleeping, even if I have them really early in the day. It could be your caffeine tolerance is changing. Good luck!
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FUNNYBUNNY--- Once again...let me correct some misinformation. The amount of caffeine found in coffee and tea is so minimal that these drinks are "not" dehydrating to the body. They are a source of fluid/water.
Caffeine is "only" dehydrating in large medicinal amounts.
While you may benefit from cutting back on caffeine---it is not however, dehydrating your body.
Please refer to my post below for "more" on this topic.
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I need to correct some outdated information on this thread.
The amount of caffeine is so small in coffee and tea---that they are "not" considered to be drinks that dehydrate; they actually hydrate the body and can be counted towards your fluid intake. Other beverages can count too---regarding hydration: juice, milk, soda pop, diet drinks, etc. But the key thing to remember is that some of these other drinks are very high in sugar/calories and no nutritional value. There is a daily limit for each of these type drinks. Check out this article for more on the topic:
Coffee actually has some calories, though very miniscule, and it's a diuretic, which means it is dehydrating, so I wouldn't count it as water. I generally only count actual water as water, though sparkling water, vitamin water ect. that have zero calories.
When deciding whether to count it as water or not ask you're two question: (1) Is it hydrating? (2) Does it have calories and/or nutritional value? If the answer to question one is yes, and the answer to question to two is no, then go ahead and track it as part of your water intake.
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As long as its not a cola/soft drink and has zero calories, I count it as water. Remember that there's water in milk, fruits, and vegetables so the water counter is more of a motivational tool than anything else.
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