Let’s be real, you can never leave the house without your holy grail, daily caffeine goodness – whether it is for the bittersweet taste, the foamy texture as it leaves your tongue, or even the darkish brown-like sight that can brighten up even your moody mornings!
Caffeine, on the other hand, is without a doubt a lifesaver for hardworking sleepyheads who need to keep their heads in the game. The brain requires a natural stimulant to activate the central nervous system (CNS) to alleviate tiredness and improve concentration and alertness, particularly with the constant lack of sleep from working late. Caffeine is not only present in coffee, but also in tea, energy drinks, and, of course, chocolate!
However, your daily coffee routine may not last long. You may be working as a construction worker who is required to use auditpowertools throughout the whole day. At times, you may think a cup of coffee would keep you awake but ended up sleeping after one mug of strength. Especially when it is extremely dangerous when you are working with such tools. Who knows, you would find yourself waking up from your study table, feeling all confused and possessing no memory of being knocked out cold after a good cup of black Americano.
Here are the reasons the wonders of caffeine does not work in your favor anymore:
Adenosine Causes Drowsiness Once Caffeine Wears Off
In the central nervous system lies a chemical called adenosine which is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle and causes sleepiness. Once a cup of coffee is consumed, the caffeine absorbs into your stomach and small intestine. Later on, it will be distributed to multiple parts of your body through the bloodstream. As the caffeine reaches your brain, it will stick to your adenosine receptors to stop its process.
Caffeine can wear off at some time, therefore the adenosine will build up and bind to the receptors of your brain. Unless you had a second dose, you can say goodnight to your homework.
Sugar Or Any Form Of Sweetener Is The Culprit
Do you like your coffee black or do you prefer some sugar and cream? Or maybe honey? Syrup? If you add anything sweet into your coffee, the wake-up effect will be less effective.
Excessive sugar consumption in your body will produce insulin to offset it. Insulin causes your blood glucose level, the main source of energy for your body, to drop its levels. Hence, you will feel less energetic.
Try not to get hit with the sudden sugar rush by regulating the number of teaspoons to only one for the caffeine to do its utmost work as well as balancing your sugar intake
Caffeine Is A Diuretic
A diuretic increases urine production, promoting diuresis. Coffee is one of the diuretics, and drinking a cup (or cups) of these caffeinated beverages might make you do frequent visits to your bathroom. Normally, losing fluids can dehydrate you, but coffee may not do much as the water content in the drink does contribute to your overall fluid consumption.
Dehydration causes several symptoms like lack of sweat, thirst, and dizziness which can tire you out with fatigue. Counteract the effect by drinking glasses of water after your caffeine intake for a better effect while maintaining your water levels in your body.
You Are Having Caffeine Withdrawals
Do you forget your cup of coffee sometimes whenever you are in a rush? When you take coffee regularly and never skips a day, your body expects the caffeine dose consistently to regulate. A sudden halt of the caffeine intake can make your body ask for more, otherwise, you will experience some uneasy body withdrawals.
Caffeine withdrawal induces sleepiness, as well as headaches, nausea, irritability, and inability to focus. Within 12 to 24 hours of your last caffeine intake, you can experience withdrawal symptoms which can last a few days or a few weeks, depending on how much caffeine you drink periodically.
Your Stress Level Exhausts You
Everyone has stress. That itself is self-explanatory. Stress makes you tired, keeps you up at night, and leaves you physically and mentally drained during the day. And who knows, coffee can be your comfort drink to lessen the tension away. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that caffeine can contribute to a rapid heartbeat rate whether you are a regular consumer or not.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that sends bodily signals to be on high alert, along with adrenaline to speed up the heart. When caffeine is ingested into the body, the levels of adrenaline and cortisol will be doubled up. This means drinking coffee can make you feel more stressed no matter the amount. Since stress can make you feel flat and weary, your body may interpret the stress into sleepiness, therefore sending your head down on your table.
If you do not want to leave your coffee addiction, it’s understandable. As long as your health is properly cared for by taking some moderation with your caffeine intake, you are good to go with your drinking routine.