Caffeine is a staple among people all over the world. The morning cup of joe is essential for most of us to get our days going. But unknowingly we’re harming our health.
Here’s why you should give up caffeine or at least reduce how much you drink per day.
Higher Blood Pressure
Caffeine is said to raise blood pressure and if you give up on it you could have reduced blood pressure.
The benefits: reduced blood pressure means your heart doesn’t have to beat so hard to keep pumping blood around.
A research conducted to see how caffeine use affects sleeping habits among children in the seventh, eighth, ninth grades.
In the research, in which around 191 students participated and monitored their caffeine intake to understand the impact of caffeine on sleep. The students drank caffeine that ranged from 0 mg/d to 800mg/d per day. The mean use over 2 weeks stood at an average of 62.79 mg/d. The conclusions were that higher caffeine intake invariably decreased sleep duration and increased wake time after sleep and increased daytime sleep.
Not only teenagers but in adults too, caffeine should be limited as it lowers your sleep quality and gives little sleep.
Why does coffee prevent sleep?
The half-life of anything is defined as the time it takes for the substance to reduce to half its initial value. Caffeine takes a lot of time to clear up from our body.
A study pegged the half life is at 5.7 hours for caffeine. For better clarity if you consumed 200 mg of caffeine at 6 in the evening then it takes 6 hours that is around 12 am for it to become 100 mg .And even then its not out of your system.
Coffee and similar caffeine laced cold beverages late in the day can impact the hours you sleep by delaying the onset of sleep.
It’s better to avoid caffeine rich drinks late into the day. In addition to delayed sleep regular caffeine consumption can cause insomnia.
Caffeine Can Cause Insomnia
If you can’t sleep at night, caffeine only increases the problem. So much so that caffeine induced sleep problem is a disorder classified in psychiatric circles.
No coffee should be the rule before bedtime. As it causes significant sleep problems.
If you’ve ever felt that after drinking coffee or caffeine rich beverages you suddenly start feeling heightened anxiety, you’re not alone. Most people have reported increased anxiety after drinking coffee or similar drinks.
Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands which produce stress hormones in response. Caffeine ups your anxiety levels by increasing your stress hormones. Caffeine increases your heart rate, your blood pressure and aggravates levels of stress hormones. A single cup of coffee can double the levels of stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.
People all over the world are hooked to caffeine because it helps them wind down after a long day, makes them feel happy and relaxed. Caffeine does this by acting as a trigger that produces dopamine and acetylcholine. It additionally blocks the activity of GABA a neurotransmitter that blocks the activity of brain when needed. GABA keeps you from getting overly excited or anxious. However low GABA levels mean you are constantly anxious and have panic attacks.
Quitting coffee or caffeine can make you feel less anxious, especially if you are prone to anxiety issues. Together with medications caffeine can increase anxiety.
Drugs.com presently lists 90 medications that are a strict no non with caffeine.
Coffee and caffeine containing beverages are some of the most common beverages in the world. It’s a part of cuisine and culture and over the years has morphed into a staple that helps people deal with their day to day life.
If you’re not able to completely quit caffeine. There are also other healthy alternatives like green tea that you can consume.
George is a health and fitness blogger who explores the relationship between sleep and fitness on his blog.