It's no wonder we're concerned about potential caffeine risks and side effects for ourselves and our families, living as we do in a world where coffee houses, tea shops, and caffeinated energy and soft drinks abound!
Even though caffeine can provide many benefits, caffeine can come with possible side effects and risks, too.
Whether you're an avid black tea drinker, an occasional coffee drinker, or depend on energy drinks and chocolate bars to get you through your day, it's important to stay informed about how caffeine may be affecting your body and mind.
Here are some potential caffeine risks and side effects to be aware of...
Many of us depend on caffeine to help us stay alert, awake, and focused during exam time, when we're burning the midnight oil to finish up an important project at work, or even just to manage our busy, busy days!
But, too much caffeine in your system too close to bedtime can lead to insomnia, meaning you'll have trouble falling asleep and may wake every so often through the night.
To encourage a full, recuperative, good night's sleep, try to avoid caffeine within at least four or five hours of bedtime (this gives the caffeine time to leave your system).
And, why not sip some caffeine-free chamomile tea in the early evening? This herbal tea is well-known for encouraging a sound, dream-free sleep, and you'll wake feeling well rested, refreshed, and ready for the day ahead.
Insomnia isn't the only potential side effect of too much caffeine.
If you've 'overindulged' in caffeinated drinks or other sources of caffeine, you may end up experiencing one or more of the following physical, mental, and emotional symptoms:
Of course, these symptoms can be connected to something other than caffeine, but if you've just had a caffeinated drink after a few days or weeks without caffeine, or if you've had quite a bit more caffeine than usual today, you may end up experiencing some of these caffeine risks or side effects.
If you do enjoy caffeine and the boost it gives your mood and energy level, watch out for extra calories and sugar that may be sneaking into your diet in high-calorie, sweet, caffeinated drinks (like energy drinks, specialty coffees or teas, or soft drinks).
Consider other low- or no-calorie, sugar-free ways to enjoy your caffeine, like a tasty cup of oolong, yerba mate, or green tea.
Or, to cut back on caffeine, as well, try a caffeine-free herbal tea, like cinnamon or Rooibos, for energy and satisfying flavor without the caffeine.
Too much caffeine can have other caffeine risks and side effects... Keep reading here to learn more about how high levels of caffeine can affect our bodies and minds.
In our full, stressful, demanding lives, we've come to depend on caffeine to help us maximize our performance and fit as much into our busy days as we can.
While caffeine in moderation can provide some physical and mental benefits, too much caffeine can lead to a variety of troubling symptoms, like anxiety, headaches, restlessness, irritability, and insomnia.
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