Drinking too much life-giving nectar of the gods can negatively impact your ability to sleep at night, and it can be hard to know exactly how much caffeine is in your system and how long it takes to burn off before you can sleep. That’s where UP Coffee comes into play. It allows you to log your caffeine intake so you can learn when to stop drinking and get a better night’s sleep.
As someone who works from home, which requires me to motivate myself to get some work done, I can tell you that caffeine is a fantastic discovery. This magical substance provides the energy I need to get through the day, but it can also have negative consequences.
Relax, you don’t need a Jawbone UP band to make it work, but owners of the hardware do get some extra bonuses.
How To Use It
The app is extremely easy to use, and it makes getting down to it and logging your caffeine intake a quick and painless process.
When you open the app for the first time it will ask you some questions such as your age, gender, height, and weight. It does this so it can get an idea of how caffeine will interact with your body. Of course, coffee affects everyone differently, but letting the app know a little more about you will allow it to be more accurate.
When you open the app after the initial setup, you will see what looks like a beaker filled up with little dots, which represents your caffeine intake. There are two labels: “Sleep Ready” and one higher up labeled “Wired” which displays your current level of chemically-aided alertness.
Tap on the plus “+” in the top right of the screen to add caffeinated drink. From there you will see a few lists, including Recent which stores all beverages you have added before. You will also see a Coffee/Tea section which is filled with all kinds of popular drinks, each of which contains an average serving of caffeine in milligrams. There’s also a More tab for entering caffeinated sodas and energy drinks.
The app also features charts that will allow you to see how the caffeine leaves your system. While the motion graphic you see on the front page of the app is an attractive way of letting you know when it’s time for sleep, the charts give you a much more precise look, and shows you changes over time in a way that the other section does not.
Another cool feature of the app is the ability to see your caffeine trends over time. You won’t be able to see these charts right away, as the app collects data about your habits for a few days first. The app then sees how your caffeine intake compares to other users of the application.
The last thing I loved about UP Coffee are the daily tips. You will find this section all the way to the left on the menu under the picture of a book. While browsing this section I’ve seen many coffee myths debunked and proven as true, as well as plenty of other caffeine fiend trivia.
Extra Features If You Own A Jawbone UP
One thing you will notice about the app is that it doesn’t ask you when you are sleeping. This is where the UP comes into play, as owning one will allow the app to give you more precise data because it will know exactly when you are sleeping. Over time this should provide more accurate readings about when your body is ready to sleep.
Even if you don’t own a Jawbone UP the app is still a useful little freebie. Having a better idea about when to stop drinking caffeine so you can get to sleep at the right time could really help solve your insomnia and even make it easier to get up in the mornings. I always thought I could drink caffeine much later than I can, and since I started using UP Coffee, I’ve stopped consuming caffeine sooner, and as such I have been able to comfortably get to bed sooner.
Download: UP Coffee (Free)
Have you tried UP Coffee? Did it help you improve your caffeine intake habits? Hit the comments section below and let us know!