Young Adults and Caffeine Addiction

Young Adults and Caffeine Addiction

Coffee Causes Fatigue and Addiction

Beverages that are high in caffeine strengthen the body’s level of dopamine, a hormone that eases pains and aches; it is no wonder that students are drawn towards the short-term energy burst as well. After the artificial “high” dies down many reach for more or a sugary substitute to achieve that lift that caffeine gives. This cycle sets the body up for daily fluctuations in alertness and diet.

Many people, regardless of age reach for several coffees daily to get them through the motions of life. This can affect sleeping schedules and create more health problems in turn. Caffeine is considered a “mild drug”; even so the withdrawal symptoms can be painful and extremely troublesome. Caffeine affects the body like any other drug, the intake is less at the beginning but as the body develops a tolerance for caffeine, it will require more and more to obtain a similar state. The best way to lessen the negative withdrawal symptoms is to gradually decrease intake of the addictive substance. For example, reduce the number of heavily caffeinated beverages each day, and make substitutions, like tea.

Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Some common experienced withdrawal side effects could be:

  • Nausea, Loss of Appetite, and Bowel Problems
  • Headaches, Mood Swings, and Extreme Fatigue
  • Poor Memory, Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating

In reality, as little as two regular sized coffees can produce withdrawal symptoms. Starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast that is well balanced can help achieve the same boost needed to start the day. Maintaining energy is as simple as using healthful foods to do the legwork, keeping blood sugar regulated will also do wonders as far as providing energy goes.

Caffeine’s effects on the Body

Moments after consuming a morning coffee, the body begins to feel the affects of caffeine on the central nervous system. This triggers the release of adrenaline in the body and can be followed by feelings of anxiety and fatigue. Next hunger will occur accompanied by fatigue all the while energy levels will drop lower than before the beverage was consumed.

At this point most people will have another coffee, beginning the low and high cycle and causing loss of energy by early afternoon at best. Even if the beverage is consumed during the morning this can still affect sleep patterns and an overall sense of health.

Regular caffeine users should truly consider cutting back on a bad habit that can create short and long-term side effects. Beverages with caffeine should be used occasionally and for enjoyment. It is important to support the body with nourishing alternatives and maintain proper health.

A good resource on this subject is a book written by Stephen Cherniske, titled Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s #1 Drug.

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