Caffeine (Definition): An alkaloid compound which is found especially in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system.
I became an avid Coffee drinker in year 2012 for half a year before I stopped. Coffee has been proven to enhance mental alertness and reduce the feelings of fatigue. Personally I did feel that I was more awake and less fatigue. Coffee was the cure for me every time when I was tired before training or didn’t sleep well, all I needed to do was to drink a cup of Coffee and I could take almost anything on. But of course, If Coffee is that great a solution, why isn’t everyone in the world drinking Coffee? Yes, I agree that majority of people drink coffee daily, but I avoid Coffee due to the several side effects that I’ve experienced:
There were many nights whereby I couldn’t sleep as I had so many thoughts running through my mind. I was wide awake during bedtime and I just couldn’t fall asleep. I even had to resort to mild sleeping pills in order to calm myself down a little.
2) Irregular heartbeat
Though there was nothing exciting going on, I would often feel a rush of adrenaline through my body all of a sudden, and my heart races for a few seconds WITHOUT REASON. It always happens within an hour after I consume a cup of coffee, so I’m certain caffeine was the cause of my irregular heartbeats.
This doesn’t always happen, but sometimes when I drink a cup of Coffee I would experience a sense of high, and if it gets too much I would feel really really lightheaded, as though I’m living in a dream, it’s an awful feeling.
Because of all the excitement Caffeine has brought upon me, I get agitated really easily when things don’t go on schedule. I’ll tend to get really frustrated and this has caused some misunderstandings. I’m usually a patient person (don’t mean to self praise) but the adrenaline rush from coffee has made me more hyperactive thus being impatient.
Apart from that, Caffeine also meets the requirement for addiction, here are some of the things that I’ve experience even though I only drank coffee for just 6 months
Initially when I started drinking coffee all I needed was a cup in the morning and that would be enough to last me for the whole day. But overtime, I realized that the effect of caffeine would wear off after half a day and I would be craving for another cup of coffee after lunch just to keep me awake. I did some research and found out that it’s not actually the effect of caffeine wearing out, but our body gets more immune to coffee therefore the tolerance to Caffeine increases.
6) Psychological Dependence
The minute I woke up every day, all I thought of was “I need my morning Coffee or I wouldn’t be able to survive today.” This kind of psychological dependence is definitely not healthy and I knew I needed to change. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is dependent on Coffee.
7) Withdrawal Symptoms
Feelings of fatigue and headaches struck me when I stopped drinking Coffee for just a day, isn’t that crazy?
I experienced so many side effects of Caffeine in a short period of just 6 months, imagine those that have been avid coffee drinkers for years, Coffee is no different from drugs anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still many benefits of Caffeine, it has allowed me to stay really alert in times of need and I still drink a cup occasionally. I believe that different people have different reactions to Caffeine so please just take this as a guide. If you experienced the same symptoms that I have, my advice would be to totally stop the use of Caffeine; you will feel a lot better that way.
Initially when I stopped drinking Coffee the side effects were far worse; headache, fatigue, dependent on sleep, it was as though I have lost all my energy and motivation to do anything, it literally felt like my world was going to end. But after a week and a half everything was back to normal and my dependence to Caffeine was gone. It took me a lot of determination to kick the coffee addiction but it was totally worth it as for now, I no longer have 6 of the symptoms I mention above. I still do have occasional insomnia but it has improved ever since.
But let me reemphasize; do what’s best for you as every individual is different therefore we’ll have different reactions to Caffeine. Hope I helped! 🙂
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