How many times have you felt a bit tired and decided to rely on an energy drink, a cup of coffee, or a can of cola to charge your body with caffeine and boost your energy levels to maximum? If your answer is “frequently” then you are on a precarious path to poor health. Not only does caffeine have numerous emotional side effects, it will also disrupt your sleep, and cause harm to your body. For all of its immediate benefits, caffeine is one of the most harmful substances in the modern American diet.
Like two sides of the same coin, the side effects of caffeine can be both good or bad depending on your perspective. Millions of people load up on caffeine because of its instant effect on energy and attention. It keeps a late-night driver alert or perhaps helps a busy college student pay better attention in class. But excessive consumption of caffeine-soaked drinks comes with a steep price. Frequent daily use can cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety and headaches. While caffeine may offer you some benefits in the moment, like a credit card bill after Christmas, it extracts a heavy toll after the moment of need has passed.
An additional significant toll caused by caffeine is the disruption of sleep patterns. One of the major reasons you may use caffeine is to extend your hours of wakefulness so that you can get more done during the day. However, energy drinks, coffee and similar beverages just suck all the energy you have that is meant to last all day and leave you exhausted later. Then, when you need sleep more than ever, the caffeine keeps you from falling asleep, shortens the time you stay asleep, interferes with deep sleep and makes your night less restful. You get in a cycle as you wake up tired the next morning and reach for your jumbo jolt of java.
Beyond just missing a night of sleep, caffeine can affect you with more serious, long-term and often damaging physical consequences. You may have read...