What Effect Does Caffeine Have On Us?

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Caffeine is one of the most popular substances in the world, but also one of the most misunderstood. Some people can’t function without their morning cup of coffee, so we’re here to explain why that is.

It is found not only in coffee, but also in: tea; energy drinks and even in chocolate! This may explain why these products are so addicting as caffeine is one of the most addictive substances in the world. Some people can even be diagnosed with caffeine addiction, where if they are to go more than 2 days without caffeine they can experience: Headaches; anxiety and depression.

The way caffeine works is that it stimulates the central nervous system, affecting the brain and spinal cord as well as other nerves within the body. This then results in the body feeling an increased sense of awareness and alertness. Although it can have some negative effects if over-consumed such as: high blood pressure; nervousness and dehydration.

It takes roughly 12 hours for caffeine to leave your system once consumed, meaning that if you were to have caffeine late at night it can have an affect on your sleeping pattern. So caffeine consumption has been linked to insomnia as your brain struggles to relax when in bed due to the stimulation in alertness caused by the caffeine. That is why most people tend to have coffee in the morning or on a ‘coffee break’ as caffeine can be beneficial, especially in keeping you alert when at work. Just try to avoid over-consumption of caffeine and try to avoid it late at night as it can have negative effects on the body when trying to get to sleep.

Apparently the most effective times to drink coffee are between the hours –

09:30 – 11:30am and between 13:00 – 17:00 pm. It can take as little as ten minutes for the effects of the caffeine to kick in after sipping on a drink of coffee! So if you need a quick burst of energy, coffee is the drink for you. But try not to become too dependent on caffeine as it has been linked to causing heart issues and issues with the kidneys. So do drink responsibly.

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