As an avid coffee drinker, I found this article to be an eye opener. For many of us who enjoy the taste, smell, and comfort that a good cup of coffee in the morning brings, this can sound very alarming, if you believe it. Before freaking out, let's continue, shall we.
Most people drink coffee because they feel that it improves their focus which leads to better productivity, it wakes them up, puts them in a good mood and of course if it is paired with their favorite creamer or they are enjoying their favorite coffee flavor, there's just more reasons to love it.
However, studies that do show evidence in improvement on cognitive behavior is only relevant if considering the short term results. Ever heard of caffeine crashes? The initial feeling of a typical caffeine crash is when symptoms of tiredness, barely being able to focus, wanting to just go home and rest, sets in. As you continue to drink caffeine, you begin to rely on it more. The one cup that you thought gave you those good vibes and good head start to your day now has become two. Before you know it, you are relying on over 2-3 cups of coffee each day just to stay productive. In short, caffeine gives temporary 'productivity,' but don't count on it to last the long term.
If you have made it this far as an avid coffee drinker and still wanting to know more, let's continue.
Consider these drawbacks, including the short term 'productivity,' good vibes results. Another to consider as a drawback is the forced adrenaline rush. For many, this can be the most amazing feeling, but for those who struggle with anxiety or other ailments pertaining to cardiovascular health, this may not be the best feeling at all. Let's say you do not have anxiety, in the long-run you actually CAN develop anxiety due to caffeine. Caffeine can seriously put your body into a stressed state, which puts your whole self, mind, body, and spirit into fight or flight mode. Imagine being in the office and feeling the forced adrenaline go through you and you can't even focus on your work because you're freaking out over your heart being elevated, you feel like you can't take deep breaths to keep calm, and it's all because of that caffeine.
Adrenaline spikes, alertness happens, but what happens when alertness becomes anxiousness? What happens when you are so on edge at the workplace? Our emotional intelligence is now running for the hills. According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, large doses of caffeine result in stimulated heart, raise in blood pressure, and shallow breathing. This whole combination leads to less oxygen to the brain and rational thinking and calmness are out the door.
If you have not re-considered drinking coffee at this point, good for you! If you have, good for you too! Whichever your decision, do what is best for you.
This may be the best question for this blog post.
Is your success worth the cup of jo in the morning and all of it's effects on our bodies. (results vary, but where do you fall)