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Will the caffeine in chocolate syrup keep me awake at night?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) April 25th, 2010

For the past two nights, i have had a problem falling to sleep. each of those nights, i had a glass of milk, flavored with about 4 tablespoons of Hersheys Chocolate Syrup, before going to bed. question: is there enough caffeine in chocolate syrup to prevent a person from sleeping properly?

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Typee's avatar

I believe the problem is probably more the sugar or corn syrup, which is the main ingredient of the chocolate syrup, that keeps you awake. Add some chocolate with caffeine to that and its not a good bedtime drink. I used to give my kids what I called “Duck Milk”, which was warmed milk with honey in it at bedtime and believe it did somewhat induce sleep.

cockswain's avatar

Maybe, if you have developed a sensitivity to caffeine.

susanc's avatar

I like to put a tiny blip of brandy in my own bedtime glass of milk. Mmmmmmzzzzzzzz. No sugar, no choc.

thriftymaid's avatar

Four tablespoons is an awful lot of syrup. I would expect the HFS to have more of an effect that the chocolate (which may not even be genuine).

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

Another psychoactive stimulant in cocoa solids (a main ingredient of chocolate syrup) besides caffeine is theobromine. But I don’t know what the concentrations of either are.

I’ve been partial to chocolate milk at bedtime too, but I’m not super sensitive to caffeine until the dosage gets up into the large cuppa black coffee range. However, I have noticed a tendency to develop diarrhea when I do indulge in this.

Bugabear's avatar

More likely the sugar in that’s keeping you up than the caffeine.

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