The debate as to whether coffee is good or bad for you is always on the table. There have been claims that coffee reduces the risk of certain health problems, increases overall awareness, and burns fat. On the other side of the spectrum, coffee has been linked to heart disease, poor indigestion, and high cholesterol.
Lately, new research has revealed that your morning cup of Joe may be damaging your productivity and harming your sleep habits.
Caffeine is a temporary reversal of your current state of mind
When drinking that mid-afternoon cup of coffee you may feel it’s giving you a heightened sense of awareness and a burst of energy to make it through the rest of the work day. The only thing it’s really doing is bringing you back up to a normal level of productivity. The afternoon slump you feel is really just a symptom of caffeine withdrawal. Try not drinking any caffeine for a few days. Soon, you won’t be counting down the minutes until your 2:00 coffee break. Instead, you’ll experience more even productivity throughout the day.
You won’t exactly be calm and collected
That afternoon caffeine withdrawal we just mentioned? It doesn’t just leave you tired. You may become cranky, irritable, and grouchy, which in most cases makes you a much more difficult person to work with and be around. Your mood is negatively impacted and your chances of productivity are greatly diminished. While the first few days without caffeine may bring up a slew of these unpleasant symptoms, the long term effects are much better on your body.
Caffeine consumption creates avicious cycle.
You’re sleepy because you drank too much coffee, and you’re drinking coffee because you’re too sleepy. You probably see where this one is headed. It takes a while for caffeine to leave your system and by the time you decide to go to bed, it’ll most likely still be there. Because of this, it’s harder for you to fall asleep, stay asleep, and successfully complete your sleep cycle.
When the following afternoon approaches, you’re tired because you were unable to complete your sleep cycle. As a result, you drink more coffee.
So, what to do?
It’s all up to you. There’s both good and bad when it comes to that cup of coffee you love so much. It really just depends on what information you’ve read lately. It seems the research is always changing, and it’s best to make the decision that makes the most sense to you.
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