Cultural Beliefs and Caffeine-induced Sleep Disorder: The Kopitiam Man

Leow MY, Bharathy A, Russell V


Objective: A case of caffeine-induced sleep disorder is reported to illustrate the clinical benefits of assessing culturally determined health beliefs in such presentations.

Method: A middle-aged Malaysian Chinese male presented with caffeine-induced sleep disturbance arising from dietary modifications.

Result: Assessing the contribution of cultural beliefs regarding hot and cold drinks led to successful management of the patient’s sleep disturbance.

Conclusion: It is important for clinicians to explore health beliefs and associated dietary and lifestyle behaviours in caffeine-related sleep disorders.

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Caffeine; Food; Hot/Cold; Sleep; Cultural Belief

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