Caffeine: Finding the Right Balance
We’ve all done it. Whether you’re staying up late, working long hours, or just trying to stay motivated, too much caffeine often has unintended consequences. Your head may hurt later, and you may have trouble sleeping. Your movements may become jerky after an initial boost of energy, and others may even begin to notice.
No one wants to go through that, and that’s why limiting the amount of caffeine you get from soda and coffee is such a good idea. Having a little is fine, but once you start having a lot, problems tend to arise. Ask yourself this question: How much caffeine do I really need? I love having a can of Coca-Cola now and again, but having six each day doesn’t appeal to me. A little coffee in the morning is nice, but I avoid it like the plague before bed.
Caffeine is the most heavily used psychoactive substance in the world, and for good reason. The Coca-Cola Company’s logo is one of the most recognizable in the world, and Starbucks recently removed the English from its logo to have a broader appeal across all countries. You’d almost have to live on the moon to escape the effect of caffeine advertising, and if their Super Bowl advertisements are any indication, you may not be safe there for much longer either. Try not to get sucked in by advertising, and while it’s hard not to let it influence our consumption habits, it can be done.
Caffeine certainly isn’t as bad as a lot of substances out there, but it does affect your body in similar ways. Reaction times are often increased with caffeine intake, as your alertness and general well-being. And having a cup of coffee each day or a single can of soda isn’t going to kill you. But when your caffeine consumption becomes excessive, you’ll run the risk of becoming dehydrated. After all, when you’re drinking a lot of beverages that caffeine is delivered in, like soda and coffee, you’re not drinking water. If you don’t have enough water in your system, you could start to have headaches. And there goes that general sense of real being you had going for you with that one cup or can.
A little caffeine is alright, but too much is not. Find a balance that works for you, and keeps the feel good mood that caffeine provides from turning bad.