Obsessed with Drinking Coffee? You Might Be Addicted To Caffeine Already!
Is coffee the first thing you seek when you wake up in the morning? So your morning routine is not complete without having a cup of coffee? Must you take coffee to function well? Well, you are a coffee addict!
Most people think that caffeine dependency does not harm the body, but they are dead wrong. Caffeine addiction is one of the popular forms of addiction that people develop without realizing it. Caffeine is a mild stimulant that affects the central nervous system leading to alertness and sleeplessness.
Coffee, a major source of caffeine, is the most popular beverage for most American adults. Normally, having around 3-ounces of coffee per day is considered as moderate consumption that cannot hurt the body. However, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH), consuming around ten 8-ounce cups of coffee per day can produce physical side effects including tremors, anxiety, insomnia, and a “crash” of extreme fatigue once the caffeine starts to wear off. Let us delve deeper into how caffeine affects our health and well-being.
[su_quote class=”cust-pagination”]“Caffeine dehydrates the brain and body.” ― Daniel G. Amen [/su_quote]
Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal.
Brain fog, dizziness, and headaches are some of the symptoms you need to endure when suffering from caffeine withdrawal. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore and American University in Washington, D.C have identified other common symptoms
- –Fatigue or drowsiness
- –Depression and irritability
- –Difficulty concentrating
- –Flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches
These symptoms typically last for to 24 hours once you stop taking caffeine. In some people, the symptoms are so severe that they impede their work.
Signs of Caffeine Addiction
If you are a daily coffee user, you may find it difficult to determine its addiction symptoms. However, they include:
Chronic Headaches and Irritability
This is the first thing that you need to watch out for. If skipping coffee gives you a headache, that’s a heads up that you are an addict.
Difficulties in Sleeping and Irritability
Caffeine makes you alert, so you may have sleeping problems if you miss our dose. What it actually does is suppress your melatonin hormones, which in turn activates the adrenalin and cortisol hormones that cause you to remain awake. Sleeplessness leads to a chain of complications such as stress, weight gain, irritability, and unproductivity.
You Continue to use Caffeine Even When Told No
You might start receiving pieces of advice from your peers, colleagues, and even your medical doctor to avoid or reduce your caffeine intake. If you are unable to stop, that is a clear sign that you are hooked. For you, life is incomplete without at least several cups of coffee every day. In this case, you need to seek medical help immediately.
Kicking off Caffeine Addiction
Just like with any other type of addiction, overcoming caffeine addiction can be a struggle, but it is worth it in the end. Here are some of the steps to take to win over the addiction:
- — decaffeinated coffee in with regular coffee
- –Drink latte with more low-fat milk instead of coffee
- –Brew tea for less time than you are used to.
- –Select soft drinks that do not contain caffeine.
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