Coffee UP a Jawbone App


With its caffeine and general association with mornings, coffee has long been thought of as the quintessential wake-up beverage. Unfortunately, it may also take a toll on a person’s ability to sleep, even if it is ingested hours before bedtime. Jawbone, the manufacturer of the UP fitness band as well as audio devices, has now released an app by the name of UP Coffee to track caffeine intake. While caffeine is often associated with coffee, it is also found in a variety of other drinks such as tea, soda, and energy drinks. Currently available for iOS devices, the app tracks a user’s coffee intake and the possible influence on sleep.

The app tracks more than the caffeine levels for a generic cup of coffee. Users may input drinks such as specific retail coffee drinks, energy drinks, or name-brand soda. The UP Coffee app will monitor the amount of caffeine and extrapolate the possible effects. Based on data previously collected from UP fitness band users, the app will provide a projected sleep time. After tracking both coffee intake and actual sleep habits for ten days, the Jawbone Coffee Up app will theorize how much sleep the user is losing for every 100mg of caffeine they drink.

While the UP Coffee app does not require a user to have an UP fitness band, data can be shared between the wearable band and the app. The app will provide personalized information based on the user’s sleep habits and the relationship between it and caffeine intake. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system which causes wakefulness. While a cup of coffee may alleviate tiredness and improve focus and concentration, too much may cause a number of negative issues.

Heavy doses of caffeine may cause restlessness, stomach upset, irritability, and insomnia. Like any other drug or stimulant, caffeine affects different people in different ways.  Those who drink coffee regularly are generally less sensitive to its effects than those who rarely drink coffee.  Some of the other considerations for caffeine sensitivity may include a person’s age and weight. Additionally, caffeine levels will increase and decrease throughout the day as the ingested caffeine is metabolized. The Jawbone UP Coffee app will calculate the amount of time before a user may be able to sleep, based on the data entered.

With graphics that include a collection of tiny bubbles jumping around inside a beaker, the app is designed to keep the consumer updated with the current amount of caffeine in their system. The information may be used to modify behavior through multi-day experiments. A small change in coffee habits could make a big difference in sleep patterns. A comparison tool is also available which allows a user, after a minimum three days of input, to compare their caffeine consumption to that of other users.

The UP Coffee app by Jawbone was developed through an enterprise known as Jawbone Labs. At this time, the app is free and available to iOS users with an Android edition in development. With the knowledge of personal caffeine intake and coffee consumption available, the company is hoping that consumers will make informed decisions in order to promote healthy living and sleep habits.

By Dee Mueller

Mayo Clinic
The Wall Street Journal

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