Caffeine use is said to be many people’s “crutch” to begin their day. It has been called the most popular drug in the world, millions of people intake caffeine on a daily basis. Including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut, and cacao pod, caffeine is found naturally in over 60 plants. Caffeine use has the benefits of improving concentration and alleviating fatigue. However, there are many drawbacks to the abuse of caffeine.
The question: How much is considered too much?
For most healthy adults up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day is considered safe. 400 (mg) is equal to approximately four cups of brewed coffee. Heavy caffeine use is considered 500 mg to 600 mg a day and unfortunately there is a package deal of side effects that come included with the heavy use of caffeine. The side effects are: insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, upset stomach, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors and headaches.
Some are more caffeine sensitive than others. All it may take is one cup of coffee or tea to induce insomnia and restlessness. An unwelcoming cycle may be created from using caffeine to mask sleep deprivation. As an example, you may have trouble staying awake during the day so you drink caffeinated beverages to stay afloat. Ultimately your sleep is compromised because you are shortening the length of time you rest. Caffeine will never replace sleep, it is only a temporary fix to the problem because it blocks sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increases the production of adrenaline.
No one wants to feel dependent on anything in order to properly function. Limiting your caffeine intake will help avoid coming into contact with awful symptoms.